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Modern Pastry Shop

257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322 (North End)
617-523-3783
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Ranked #7 of 2,814 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Bakery, Dessert, Ice Cream
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: North End
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New Smyrna Beach, FL
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Dragged my husband to the North End on a rainy afternoon promising him pizza, dessert and espresso. Flipped a coin to see if we would head to Mike's or Modern. Modern won. Luckily we got there during an ebb in the customer line; it picked up while we were eating. As first timers, it was a bit overwhelming trying to... More

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College Park, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Modern Pastry was not my first choice...I was in Boston for a conference and before dinner I saw all these pastry boxes for Mike's. So of course, I wanted to try Mike's cannolis. We upon us walking up to the door the young man looked the door in our face...oh well off to Modern's. I ordered a chocolate dipped traditional... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I have had Mikes in the past. Great cannolis but this trip I was referred by our hotel concierge to give the competion a try. Glad we learned about MODERN!! The competition in the other block was pricier, slower and lacked in display of product . At Modern you can actually SEE all of their products as you wait in... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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90 reviews 90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Wow! You must visit this bakery while visiting the North End. There is something here for everyone. Macaroons, Carrot Cake, Cheesecake, Almond Cookies, Napoleons.... Etc. We ordered our favorite ricotta Cannoli. They were outstanding. We eat a lot of Cannoli in South Philly, and I must say these are right up there with the best. Service was quick and friendly.... More

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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Lines were much shorter than at Mike's Pastry. No reason to wait so long and the pastries were excellent. I hear pastries here are better than at Mike's.

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

On the advice of a local, we chose to stop by after eating dinner in the North End. So glad we did! Though stuffed, our party of six each chose a different dessert and we added a cannoli w/ricotta just to try it...had we eaten there, we would have purchased additional items for the road because everything was THAT good.... More

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Ocean, New Jersey
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73 reviews 73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Very busy pastry shop with a few tables available. The line went quickly and was well worth the wait. Friendly and efficient service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most famous italian bakeries in the hiatoric distric on hanover street. Amazing I go when ever in b town. Notjing else.like it even in Italy! ! Yes thats true. This gem has many traditial bak we ry home made items. We.love the pistacho and hazelnut canollies. The boston. Cream and ricotta pie is also authentic.... More

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Massachusetts
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The line was outside to the corner on a Saturday night in July. It moved quickly. We got 4 large and 4 mini cannolis. 50 cents extra for chocolate chips-same on the minis. The cannolis were OK. We enjoyed them.

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Orchard Park, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Our family went to Modern Pastry Shop for a snack in the midsts of a self guided walking tour. The lines were long and cash only but they moved fast. We got cannoli, a boston cream cupcake and a chocolate dipped anise cookie to split. The food was delicious. There were no open tables on the main floor so, we... More

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