I have only lived in Boston a few months, but this is my favorite place for cannolis and other desserts.
Maria is edgy and spunky, just what you would expect of an Italian in Boston. Don't be slow, just order and be to the point, that's the East coast way. There is rarely a line at this place, which is nice.
I love going on a Sunday and listening to the locals talk and sometimes talking to them if they seem friendly. There are some real characters in here who you can tell have lived in the North End their whole lives.
The best thing here in my opinion is the sfogliatelle. Now that I told you all that they will probably be sold out every time I go in. The cannolis are also better here than Mike's and Modern. They aren't overwhelmingly huge like at Mike's. They are easier to eat and they fill them on the spot which means the shells are crispy still.
At Christmas, I liked picking up some of Maria's homemade panettone. It was really good to use for making french toast for breakfast.
Try Maria's, it may be your new favorite!
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