Boston- Farewell with a final stop in Little Italy- How Ya Doing?

bostonshsBoston has given me some fond memories. I can’t wait to visit again. I just loved the iron fire escapes, and spotted this one in Little Italy with its own little veg garden!

tomatoplants But before I left, Boston, I had been warned…don’t miss out on the best Cannoli in the world–Mikes in the North End. Well, that’s stating things a bit much, or so I thought! It is without any doubt that best I was ever to have! I headed over to Boston’s Little Italy neighbourhood where Paul Revere’s house stands close by to an amazing little restaurant called, Limoncello. A few steps away three little chairs  waited for someone to sit on and watch the world go by.


Wow…it was a three-hour lunch. Home- made meatballs, that were made fresh to order! Pasta, and a few glasses of wine later, I had to get up and escape the desert menu.  Room had to be left for the world’s best cannoli! Now if I had known, I would not have gone to lunch first, I would have arrived in queue at Mikes not having had a bite to eat in days! I mean days! This restaurant opened in 1946 and sadly since my visit, its creator, Michael Mercoglian passed away just this last week.

At Mikes!

At Mikes!

The cannoli was large, and I mean large. It must have weighed a pound easily! All that fresh cheese! I asked someone in line, which was the best.

First time here? Came back the Boston drawl. Then just get the plain cheese cannoli! You won’t go wrong.

I just nodded, staring mindlessly into the pastry case, ogling the goods.


In the end,  I just got the plain cheese.  My hand dropped from the weight of the cannoli sprinkled with powdered sugar. My goodness this was serious stuff. Once free of the crowd, I walked outside and found a little corner to stand and eat the pastry in the street. Gosh…..I could not manage half of it! It was so rich, so delicious, it needed a  full day to eat with more than a few cups of espresso! One of the downsides of travelling is fresh cream and cheese…sadly it won’t keep. So it was a toss-up, stuff myself silly, and I mean silly, or have a little wail and drop the remaining cannoli into a nearby bin. I already had powdered sugar sprinkled on my top so why not try another bite?  I thought I would explode,  so with a muffled wail, into the bin the cannoli went and off I went to catch a plane, waddling with contentment. As I headed back towards my bus stop, I heard someone call, How Ya Doing? Just the way Joey on Friends used to say. That just tickled me pink!  How ya doing? I don’t know why I just loved that, but I did, and embarrassingly, I chanted that phrase all the way to the Bus Stop! Thank you Boston for a wonderful visit! Even if I left with some extra calories floating about and probably scared some locals as I sang to myself –HOW YA Doing?


About susan sheldon nolen

It’s rare to catch me without coffee, a form of camera, or my beloved wire fox terriers. I love the history, the art, and it’s a massive part of my life, as I either paint, write, or get interrupted by my dogs, reminding me of the real world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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11 Responses to Boston- Farewell with a final stop in Little Italy- How Ya Doing?

  1. Cameron says:

    I recently brought a friend to Mike’s when she was visiting not only Boston but the East Coast for the first time. She was equally delighted.

    Mark is a fan of their pistachio macaroons, and I tend to get the tiramisu, but those cannoli are an event! We were sad to hear about Mr. Mercogliano’s passing, but Mike’s will continue on. What a scrumptious legacy!

  2. Mike’s is amazing!!! How on earth did I miss PISTACHIO MACAROONS?!!! 🙂 hmmmm have to go back!

    The quality of the food was simply perfect!

  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    I read this post just before I’m about to take my oldest out to lunch at an Italian restaurant. Probably won’t be as good as Limoncello, but I’ve certainly got an appetite now. Yum!

  4. Sounds good, Susan. I’m greedy… I’d have finished the lot! 😀

    • Tom they were massive! I challenge you to try to finish one after a plate of Spagetti, a few glasses of wine, and some fabulous meatballs! Not an easy task, and I failed! But what a delicious failure!

  5. I am going back to Boston in January. Your posts will definitely give me a roadmap to pass the time. 🙂

  6. the Oracle says:

    Reblogged this on The Boston Harbor Picayune and commented:
    Mikes is the BEST!!! I love Hanover street in the spring!

  7. Andra, you have to post about Boston! I can’t wait. Your Boston will be a road map for my second go!

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