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Maria's Pastry Shop

46 Cross St, The North End, Boston, MA 02113-2201
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Ranked #29 of 2,814 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Bakery, Italian
Dining options: Dessert
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Dining options: Dessert
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90% Recommend
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English first
Wausau, Wisconsin
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Heard rave reviews about this place and was looking forward to a cannoli. Portions are huge, however I thought the flavor was lacking. Overcrowded and loud - went in the evening.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Maria's was recommended to us by a local. And I have to say, he was correct that Maria's is the best! After a visit to Little Italy in Baltimore and their Gelato, then Boston and the Gelato down on Hanover Street... I can without a doubt say that Maria's has the creamiest, best flavored gelato that is not over produced... More

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Columbia, Missouri
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A friend of ours raved and raved about this shop. We got a savoia. It was okay, but nothing special. There are tons and tons of pastry shops around the area and ones that are better located on the Freedom Trail, so I wouldn't say its worth it to go out of the way to find this shop.

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Dalkeith, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Better cannoli than Mike's or Modern Pastry. Light, slightly tart ricotta filling with a perfectly crisp shell. The size is almost unAmericanly normal in proportion, which is actually welcome when it comes to a pasta shell full of sweet cheese. A great cannolli from a nice little family place.

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Springfield, Illinois, USA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Everything we sampled was wonderful; better than mike's and modern pastry. Maria is a real Italian baker. Must visit

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Los Angeles, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry in the North End are bigger but Maria's is definitely better. They don't fill the shells until you order it and the ricotta is so smooth and you can have the shells dipped in chocolate.

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South Florida, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Upon opening the door to the delicious sweet smell of the bakery, a real bakery took me back to my childhood in 1970's Brooklyn. We had a lobster tail. I loved it. So delicious, crunchy and sweet. There are cakes and cookies to choose from but my heart belongs to the lobster tail. There is not much room to sit... More

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Top Contributor
318 reviews 318 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

If the aromas don't draw you in, the colorful displays certainly will. Maria bakes most of the things herself and is engaging and willing to answer questions so you can make the best selection possible. Our favorites were the Toto cookies, the chocolate torrone and the biscotti. Make time to visit Maria's Pastry Shop - you won't regret it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Maria's is one of the last vestiges of old school Italy in the North End. Skip the lines at Mikes and Modern and head over to this simple shop where all the effort goes into the food. Each cannoli is handmade as it is ordered and the result is the crispest wrap and the creamiest filling you could ever imagine.... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Skip Mike's. Go to Maria's. The ricotta cheese cannolis are the best in Boston. Enjoy them as you sit in the new greenway park right across the street.

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