Caffe Vittoria, Boston

Caffe Vittoria, Boston

Set on the North End's Hanover Street, in the very heart of Italian quarter, Caffe Vittoria prides itself on being reputedly the first Italian cafe in Boston, established since 1929. The claim seems plausible given the place's Old-World funky retro vibe resembling that experienced in rural Italian towns and somehow missing in the New England Starbucks. Small, metal-rimmed chairs and tables scattered about across the four floors of worn marble with three bars, glass display cabinets, and a treasure trove of old coffee machines and espresso makers, not to mention the prints, are good enough a reason to visit here, at least once, and is as close as it gets to a museum of the development of the modern cup of espresso.

Speaking of coffee, and especially the cappuccino, it is well worth your time, and will deliciously pair with the various Italian pastries they sell here too. Reliable sources say, many celebrities and politicians frequent this North End hotspot to fuel themselves up with some of the best hot chocolate, cappuccino and cannoli in Boston, if not the whole of the United States!

All the bars at Caffe Vittoria sell liquor, including Italian Grappa, which is definitely worth a shot... or two. Also, in 1995, the owners opened a cigar bar in the basement, called Stanza dei Sigari (Cigar Room) which, as of 2014, has been the last surviving smoking lounge in the city.

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Sight Name: Caffe Vittoria
Sight Location: Boston, USA (See walking tours in Boston)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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