This morning, we got another late start, since we didn’t get to bed until around 01:30. We opted to skip breakfast and take the red line into downtown from Alewife Station.
After a short walk back to Hanover Street in the North End, we headed to a family run pizza place called Galleria Umberto. They have a tiny menu (only cheese pizza, calzones, and a few other items), limited seating, long lines, and cheap prices (only $1.85/slice!). We got some slices, a panzerotti (crispy mozzarella-stuffed potato cake), and a spinach-cheese-sausage calzone. It was excellent, and a neat experience.
This is the definition of a no-fuss pizza restaurant place. They make just a few things, but make them exceptionally well. You can tell it’s a great place to eat when people from all walks of life wait in line for a slice.
After lunch, we went down the street to try Modern Pastry, another local pastry shop on Hanover Street. We got limoncello cake, a cream puff, a amaretto fruit cream cake, and a small almond macaroon each. It was all good, but not as good as Mike’s from yesterday.
Once ashore again, we walked a short distance to Faneuil Hall marketplace (Quincy Market), and walked around for a bit, doing some sightseeing and shopping, and occasionally stopping to rest.
Dinner - Giacomo's
It was now nearing 16:00, so we opted to walk back to the Italian district to seek out some supper. We stopped at Giacomo’s, a famous but tiny (maybe seated 20) Italian restaurant famous for its great food and long lines. We waited in line for almost 40 minutes, but were able to get seated with the first round of customers. We each ordered a salad, and then enjoyed our dinner. Mom got chicken Marsala, Dad got shrimp and scallop linguine with house sauce, and I got seafood fusilli with house sauce. All the food was outstanding, and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal, even though it was a bit cramped.
This is the most famous Italian dinner spot in Boston for a reason. While it’s hard to get in for a table, the food is amazing and the atmosphere is one-of-a-kind.
Walking back to our train, stopping briefly at Mike’s Pastry to grab something to eat later. We stopped briefly at Boston Public Market to look around on our way to the subway.