October 15, 2015


Time for a #TBT to last month when the Aria team had the best kind of team bonding: over delicious food. The Aria foodies put their flavor palate to the test and embarked on a food tour of Boston’s historic North End to sample classic Italian delicacies. Hungry for fresh-baked bread, aged balsamic vinegar and mouth-watering cannolis? We thought so. Check out all the spots we hit below, and be sure to stop by them yourself for an authentic taste of Italy.


  1. Maria’s Pastry: This little shop is often overlooked, but deserves much more than a second glance. Trust us, the marzapan is to die for.
  2. Bricco Salumeria and Pasta Shop: Two words – Chicken Parmigiano. This nearly hidden family-owned sandwich shop is a local favorite in the North End.
  3. Bricco Panetteria: Step out of Bricco Salumeria and Pasta Shop and down a short flight of stairs to find a small bread bakery using only the most natural ingredients. Yum!
  4. Polcari’s Coffee: Here you can find over 35 varieties of roasted coffee beans, but rest assured this isn’t your traditional coffee shop. A wide array of fresh herbs and spices are also for sale, such as Ceylon, or ‘true cinnamon.’
  5. Alba Produce: A great stop for seasonal produce, with the friendliest staff and most unique selection! We can guarantee you won’t see prickly pears or persimmons at your local chain grocery store.
  6. Hanover Wine and Spirits: There is a reason it’s called ‘wine and dine,’ right? Spirits are in no short supply here, with a great selection of wines from Italy and all around the world, including Italy’s famous limoncello.


View the photos from our tour on our Facebook page, and while you’re there, give us a ‘like’! If you are interested in doing the same tour we did, contact Boston Food Tours for more information. 

Blog post written by:
Brittney Darner
Author: Brittney Darner
Account Executive