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Modern Pastry Shop

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North End
Italian, Dessert, Bakeries, Ice Cream, Hungarian
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257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322
617-523-3783
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 521
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  • 202
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
20 years later, their cannoli is still the best!

I visited Modern Pastry as a child and was delighted to see that it has grown, but still has the BEST cannoli! Any visit to Boston should include a visit to Modern Pastry!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Jen K
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I visited Modern Pastry as a child and was delighted to see that it has grown, but still has the BEST cannoli! Any visit to Boston should include a visit to Modern Pastry!

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Pearland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Lots of pastries to choose from. Everything I have tried was very good. Nice quiet place to hang out early in the morning

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Minneapolis, MN
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Very delicious bakery - similar to Mike's, they only take case so bring plenty. We shared a traditional cannoli and it was great. We visited on a Monday morning so no line but I think during weekends and evenings, you should expect to wait for a good amount of time. One night, we saw the line out and around the... More 

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hawaii
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This was a great place to get a cannolis - the line was not yet long. The counter person was kind enough to help with our selection and a few minutes later a delicious dessert arrived. Definitely a must try if in the area.

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London, United Kingdom
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I had Americano in exact size of the cup I like. Medium. Coffee was very good though they do NOT have anything but full fat milk. Meaning no skim, no soy, no almond nor rice milk. Many tarts and biscuits. I had a fruit tart, was very very good. Other had Canolli, they loved it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

In a world of low fat, no fat, tasteless food, sometimes you have to just have to go for it. Grab a cannoli or a cookie or just about anything else and I can guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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Coral Springs, Florida
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

The shop's display case is simply eye candy. We had choc covered cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake, red velvet cupcake, and cannoli. All of the pastries were good. I tried two cannoli- regular and one dipped in choc on the end. The plain cannoli was my favorite. I loved the flaky crunch of the cannoli she'll. The ricotta filling had creamy taste... More 

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League City, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

There was a line out the door and down the street. Once we made it inside and selected our sweets we found out there was a bar and restaurant in the basement that was almost empty. We were allowed to go downstairs and take our time eating and visiting. They have a small selection of gluten free items.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I grew up in the NY area with the top bakeries in the country. The pastries here are the best around and rival those in NY. Cannolis are a normal size, with just the right amount of sweetness in the creamy rich ricotta. I especially love the pastaciotta, ricotta pie, and their house made torrone. Do yourself a favor and... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I'm always worried when I return to Modern that something might have changed but happily it is just as delicious, cannoli are always a purchase and we went for the cream puff and rum baba. All fantastic......enjoyed our extras in the room next morning with coffee!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: 617-523-3783

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Dessert, Bakeries, Ice Cream, Hungarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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