Bova’s Bakery, Boston

Bova’s Bakery, Boston

If you want to ditch the lines altogether and have a classic Italian grandma experience, make sure to pay a visit to Bova’s. Hidden away from the sight down Salem street, this tiny family-owned bakery has been in business since 1932. It operates 24/7, and in a city that sleeps early, is the only place to go to in the North End for those hankering sweets in the middle of the night.

If you're keen on cannolis, you'll find them here in multiple flavors, so feel free to make yourself a to-go box of assorted cookies and pastries from the giant glass display cases up front. That said, the crunchy, Florentine cannoli and huge, flaky lobster tails are among the best reasons to visit the North End regardless of the hour. Note that this is a traditional bakery where nothing looks perfect and uniform as the pastries do at Modern or Mike’s.

Renowned for their wide range of breads (including seasonal varieties such as Easter bread), pastries, cookies, tarts, cakes, and pies, the place also caters to those craving something more substantial, like fresh-baked calzones, subs, spuckies or Sicilian-style pizza. This is a real deal and a cash-only operation. It’s a little cramped, so you’ll probably want to head outside to eat.

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Sight Name: Bova’s Bakery
Sight Location: Boston, USA (See walking tours in Boston)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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