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Now I know where to go for my 3 a.m. hunger pains

My friends decided they wanted to go to the North End for dinner last night. I thought that was quite fitting considering my post about the merits of Modern over Mike’s. We went to dinner at Bella Vista and our meals were fabulous. We stuffed ourselves full but the waitress still made us feel horrible about not eating every bite of our meals. I love this about Italian restaurants; they are so passionate about their food that if you don’t clean your plate, they actually take personal offense to it. So if you really can’t eat anymore, you find yourself gushing about the food and how much you loved it. Maybe it’s their little sneaky, backhanded way of getting compliments thrown at them.

After dinner, we happened to walk by Bova’s and I immediately thought of The M Show‘s comment on my blog from the other day. My friend immediately said, “That is the best bakery” and told me that every time his cousin visits from California, she insists that they go there. So of course we had to go. My friend and I went a little wild and decided we wanted to sample everything. We tried to calm ourselves down though and got a canoli with chocolate chips, a whoopie pie, and 2 big cookies. Everything was delicious, especially the canoli. Mmmm it was seriously heaven and I would do anything for another one right now! I’m not a huge whoopie pie person, but this one was so moist and smooth that it definitely has the potential to turn me into one. I LOVE the fact that this place is open 24 hours a day; that could be dangerous, but soo very good.

The only thing I don’t like about Bova’s is that they don’t have the large selection of coffees, cappuccinos, and espressos that I like to sit and enjoy while I eat my pastries. It truly is just a bakery and not a cafe or place you can hang out and eat (or sit and write letters to your friends or look so pensive that other people are wondering what is on your mind). So we decided to walk back to Hanover St. to get some cappuccino. Interestingly, Mike’s was closed, and it was only slightly past 10:00. Another thing that makes me say booo to Mike’s! We went to Cafe Vittoria, which I actually feel bad I didn’t mention in my North End bakery discussion the other day. I totally forgot how much I like this place; mostly for their coffee but also for their amazing tiramisu. Once upon a time they had tiramisu gelati and it was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. I don’t know what happened to it, but I would love for them to bring it back. Their cappuccino was quite delicious though and I’m glad I went back to Vittoria.

I realized that I need to hang out in the North End more. While we were walking down Hanover, my friend said “When I’m in the North End, I don’t even feel like I’m in Boston.” I completely agreed; The North End is such a nice place to get away to when you’re sick of the high paced-rush of Boston and just want to wander the streets and feel like you are in a community. And want to stuff yourself full of delicious food. Thanks The M Show for tuning me in to Bova’s!

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