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“Come here first for cannoli!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maria's Pastry Shop

Maria's Pastry Shop
46 Cross St, The North End, Boston, MA 02113-2201 (North End)
617-523-1196
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Ranked #4 of 77 Dessert in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Takeout
Neighborhood: North End
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“Come here first for cannoli!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

If you want the best cannoli in Boston, skip the crowds at Modern and Mikes and head to Maria's. Get it to go and sit by the new park across the street or in one of the few chairs outside the shop. This is not the place to linger over coffee and pastry, or to hang out for the scene, as it is a tiny place. The folks at the counter are not overflowing with warmth, either, but they freshly fill your cannoli while you watch and pack it up for you. Ricotta, chocolate, or pistachios, powdered sugar or not. Lots of other treats can be had as well, but I always go for the cannoli. Just do it - you will be glad you tried this place out.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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“Authentic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Was just back in Boston yesterday, this place doesn't have the touristy splashiness of the other bakeries, and is the only authentic cannoli and pasticotti I've had in Boston! The service isn't warm and friendly like an Italian business should be, but the place has seasonal, authentic made on site goodies! Also the best sfogliatelle! Bought some for breakfast for next day!

  • Visited June 2013
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“Best cannoli”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

The place is not that impressive but the pastry is excellent.
We loved the cannoli. So fresh and delicious. They are not pre-prepared the way they are in Mike's. The shells are really crunchy. And the filling is light and creamy. I grew up in an Italian town so I'm fussy. Go to Maria's - you won't be sorry.

Visited June 2013
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“Great cannolis”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We had the cannolis and they were really to die for. They filled them just when you order so they are the shell is very crisp and fresh and the filling. You can have pistachios, chocolate or regular ricotta filling. The macaroons were also really good.

At this point, if you are not blind from sugar, grab a cheese pie.

I found the service to be a bit rough but respectful.

  • Visited May 2013
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“Average food, poor customer service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

The pastries were not bad (ordered a cannoli and a lemon cookie), but what really turned me off from this place was the service. The woman who served us was pretty rude when we asked for suggestions on what to try.

There is not much of a sitting area, it is better to grab something and take it out to go. The displays looked delicious and I wanted to try everything. But like I said, I just wish the customer service was a bit better!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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