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Maria's Pastry Shop

#15 of 2,865 Restaurants in Boston
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46 Cross St, The North End, Boston, MA 02113-2201
617-523-1196
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Sun 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • 102
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  • 23
    Very good
  • 11
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic Italian Pastries

This is a tiny little shop, but with some excellent pastries and cookies. Amongst our group we had some try the marzipan - outstanding. One of the people trying this wanted to come back the next day for more. Lace cookies - also outstanding. The torrona was okay, but we have been spoiled by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Cleveland
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84 reviews 84 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This is a tiny little shop, but with some excellent pastries and cookies. Amongst our group we had some try the marzipan - outstanding. One of the people trying this wanted to come back the next day for more. Lace cookies - also outstanding. The torrona was okay, but we have been spoiled by eating the torrona made by Scialo's... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Tip - cheesecake - like it was meant to be, I once drove 30 miles just to get one for the weekend. The vibe here is like walking into an Italian bakery - in Italy!. One time I even saw and old lady ( Maria ?) sitting in the back behind the curtain just keeping a discreet eye the store.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

First, I answered "no," above, because this isn't a restaurant, per se, but a bakery. An authentic Italian bakery, unlike Mike's and Modern. Here, life is beautiful, even the sfogliatella are beautiful (and hand-made daily). The cannoli cream doesn't come out of a plastic sleeve as in the other places named above. Small, so if you want una tazza di... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

She makes great Italian cookies and Sfolgiadle. Off the beaten path but easy to find. it has been one of my favorite places since I was a boy.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I spent the first five years of my life in the North End. Since leaving, Maria's has been the family choice for Italian pastries and pizza. It's the ultimate Italian experience. I believe three generations work here. If you want the pizza, get there early since they might run out by 10 AM. Don't be turned off by the personalities…that's... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Maria Maria Oh Maria! Their italian cookies are awesome. But the Canolis take the cake. Marias is an off the beaten path shop on the greenway by the North End, around the corner from Salem Street. A five minute walk from Haymarket this place has the bomb Canolis. Probably the most Amazing Canolis you'll ever have in your life! Mamma... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Off the main drags of Hanover and Salem Streets, this local favorite on Cross Street has been pleasing patrons for years. The pastry is fresh and better than some of the more commercially popular bakeries in the area. I've shopped here since I was a little girl doing errands for my Mom. This is the place to go if you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The sweets were fine, nothing to write home about. The annisette cookie was fine, like i said nothing special. My boyfriend got a florentine that was pretty good. The filling of the ricotta cannoli was very good (i am not fan of the cannoli shell) and my boyfriend enjoyed the canoli very much. The disappointment for me was in the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I'm not entirely sure why this is is as highly rated as it is. We came in and no one else was in the shop. The female employee working the counter seemed annoyed of us and didn't answer our questions. Maybe she was hard of hearing, i don't know. We bought 8 overpriced pastries that were okay, but I didn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I love this little bakery. The pastries are always good, always fresh, and quite frankly, I believe their cannolis are much better than those found at either Modern or Mike's. Options are more limited than other Italian bakeries and the place itself is very small, but the quality is unlike any other bakery I have ever tried. If you are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 46 Cross St, The North End, Boston, MA 02113-2201
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
  • Phone Number: 617-523-1196

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Bakery
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?