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Public North End Neighborhood Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Taste only the best in Boston’s North End. This foodie tour takes you to a careful selection of award-winning restaurants throughout this historic neighborhood. Stop by Best of Boston winners to sample the city’s top pizza, sandwiches, and bread. Sample iconic cannoli and visit an Old World salumeria shown on the Food Network. Learn about Boston’s rich culinary history, and and end your tour with a delicious pasta finale.
  • Taste Boston’s best pizza, pasta, and more at award-winning restaurants
  • Explore the food culture of Boston’s historic North End
  • Gluten-free options available for several tour stops
  • Tour price includes all food, tax, and tips for servers
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Price includes all food, taxes, and servers' gratuities.
Dinner
Tour cost does not include drinks or tour guide's gratuity should guests wish to consider.
Tony DeMarco Statue , 191 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113, USA

Boxer statue located in the North End at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets.

1:00 PM
190 North St , 190 North St, Boston, MA 02113, USA

Tour ends at Ristorante Limoncello.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Recommend that guests enjoy a light bite prior to tour to tide them over until first tastings.
  • Each party will be offered a separate table for restaurant pasta course/finale.
  • IMPORTANT: Per the City of Boston, starting on January 15, 2022, guests will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain indoor spaces, including restaurants and bars. All guests are required to wear masks indoors until further notice.
  • Weather-permitting, all tastings can be enjoyed outdoors.
  • Will not require dinner. Tastings amount to a full meal.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Boston Foodie Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Public North End Neighborhood Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Public North End Neighborhood Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Public North End Neighborhood Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Public North End Neighborhood Tour.

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star-5
My Special Birthday visit to Boston
Chris_C
, Dec 2021
Audrey was the best. The food was fantastic and the North End stories were very informative. The meatballs at Limoncello were the best I have ever tasted. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Oh, how we love celebrating birthdays with our guests. Sometimes we're even tempted to bring the balloons! Thank you for entrusting us with such a special occasion, and for your thoughtful review. Admittedly, we sometimes get carried away with birthday celebrants. In fact, they would be well-served to wear elastic-waisted pants! And, somewhere up above, Mama Connie is smiling. While she may no longer be with us, her famous meatballs continue to bring joy to so many of our North End Neighborhood Tour guests. Glad that you enjoyed the tour, and the best eats. Hope that we'll have another opportunity in the future to make delicious memories with you.
star-1
Worst "food" trip ever!!!
Rhonda_H
, Nov 2021
This is not really a food tour. We've done so many food tours through Viator. We loved them all. This one was horrible. The details should make it clear that except for the last stop, you aren't sitting down. The first stop for pizza (which was average) we were supposed to eat standing up outside in the freezing cold. Second place was a slice of a sandwich in a deli. Which we were allowed inside as long as we "were out of the way of customers." Eye roll. A tasting of three different drops of balsamic vinegar had to be done on 1 small piece of French bread topped with one small piece of mozzarella. No drinks means not even a cup of water. I HATED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF THIS TOUR.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Not unexpected, sadly. On rare occasions, unfortunately, tour operators find themselves in a no-win situation from the outset of a tour, of which this is one of a handful of examples I would cite in our ten years of multi-award-winning operations. Thankfully, at Boston Foodie Tours, as our many guest reviews attest, we have not only consistently met "realistic" expectations, we have also often exceeded them. The bottom line: This particular Floridian guest and her daughter were simply not prepared or dressed appropriately for Boston's seasonably brisk weather. In fact, the buyer shared that she had cancelled her reservation the previous day, and rebooked based on anticipated weather more to her liking. Arriving late to a sold-out tour, she voiced her displeasure at our first "official" stop, Regina's Pizza, which has been ranked the #1 pizza in the country two previous years in a row by TripAdvisor. A small, old-school, local neighborhood institution that is consistently sold out, Regina's simply cannot reserve space for tour groups. Instead, our guests enjoy a slice casually outdoors, on this day, under HEATED awnings.  Our second stop is a Monica's Mercato, which many reviewers have noted as a top tour favorite. In the warmer months - through November 1st this year - Monica's allows us to seat our guests in an outdoor patio prior to its neighboring restaurant's opening. In the colder months, guests enjoy its Best of Boston-winning Italian sub standing off to the side in the the deli, where there is no available seating. Should guests not be flexible, we would need to omit this stop, which I suspect nearly all guests would object to. At the next stop, Bricco Salumeria & Pasta Shop, guests were seated on comfortable sofas - often around lighted fire pits - at its sister, then-closed Mare Oyster Bar, where they enjoyed flavored balsamic vinegar tastings with house-made mozzarella on a freshly-made baguette. When asked at the tour's conclusion, both mother and daughter chose this as their overall favorite tour tastings. As for water, our tour confirmations advise all guests to bring a bottle of water, for which we've never been asked at this stop, or have the option to provide. The tour continued with a stop at a three-time Best of Boston-winning bread bakery, and a final pasta course at award-winning Ristorante Limoncello, where each party was offered its own separate table. The mother enjoyed a signature pasta dish that was featured in Time magazine, and which another reviewer described as "mind-blowing". On this day, all guests were also provided with complimentary Limoncello, which mother and daughter enjoyed, as well as a departing iconic cannoli. While I personally extended myself throughout this tour to ensure the comfort of these largely, physically-disengaged guests, it simply was not possible in this case, as the tone and negativity of this review exemplifies. I regret that, despite our best efforts, they did not have a favorable experience similar to that of the better-prepared, more flexible guests on this particular tour, and of the many guests who have highly recommended it. Note: Our North End Neighborhood Tour will be on hiatus during the winter months. We encourage guests who wish to join us during that time to consider our morning Boston Public Market & North End Tour, which is more centralized, and is largely indoors.  We also encourage visitors to pack appropriately and warmly for Boston's seasonal weather. We promise you award-winning best eats, but we can make no promises when it comes to Boston's unpredictable weather.
star-5
Audrey was great!
Carey_P
, Nov 2021
Audrey 's stories. Food was excellent and nothing that I would've located on my own. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for joining us on our North End Neighborhood Tour, and for recommending it so highly to others. We're glad that you enjoyed the tour, and the stories that we've collected for nearly a decade in the North End, many of which you simply can't Google. We hope that you'll have an opportunity to visit your favorite finds again, and that we'll have an opportunity to share more of Boston's best eats with you in the future.
star-5
The Best!
susan_w
, Oct 2021
Audrey is truly outstanding. She brings the North End to life with her knowledge, stories and love of the Italian culture (food!). Her many years of experience allow her to make the entire experience flow beautifully, and 3+ hours went by in a flash. The food was plentiful and wonderful, expertly chosen and spaced throughout the tour. Have already recommended to friends!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
"The Best" is how we like to refer to our guests, and, in this case, it was true again. Thank you for such a thoughtful, favorable review, and for referring Boston Foodie Tours to others, for which we're always very appreciative. It was a pleasure to host you and your lovely mother, demonstrating once again that food tours are not only a wonderful activity with which to entertain out-of-town visitors, but also that they're a multi-generational activity that all ages can enjoy. I hope that we've inspired you to enjoy more food tours, and that we'll have another opportunity to share Boston's best eats with you in the future.
star-5
Audrey made the...
Nino_L
, Oct 2021
Audrey made the experience the best. She was informative in a humorous way. She knew how to draw out people in the group so it was inclusive. The food experiences were excellent. I have lived in the area for more than 40 years; have visited the North End many times and still learned. Truly a wonderful day
star-5
Excellent North End food tour
Maria_L
, Sep 2021
Our guide Audrey was wonderful! She's very knowledgeable in local history and gun facts. Everything we tried was absolutely delicious. We had an amazing time touring the North End!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Oh, boy, we may have told one too many mob stories! Pretty sure that you meant "FUN" facts. No "gun" facts on this tour! We couldn't be more appreciative of your thoughtful review, which gave us a bit of a chuckle. We're pleased that you and your husband enjoyed our North End Neighborhood Tour, and all of the award-winning tastings, and hope that you'll consider joining us again if your future travels bring you to Boston.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful
Myron_D
, Sep 2021
Audrey is a wonderful and unbelievably knowledgeable tour guide. She is animated and delightful. You'll walk away from this tour with a real flavor (literally and figuratively) of what the North End of Boston was like both then and now.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
It was a pleasure to host you and your lovely wife. We're thrilled that you enjoyed our North End tour, including the neighborhood's rich history. We're very appreciative of your kind words, which we'll try to live up to as we continue to chase excellence, and to exceed our guests' expectations.
star-5
A priceless tour of the north end!
Gianna_K
, Sep 2021
All of the food you try on this tour is OUTSTANDING! The guides are super nice and extremely knowledgeable about the food and neighborhood! Definitely well worth the money for everything you get along with the great stories! A priceless tour! You will get full! Plenty of food!!! I can’t even pick a favorite option because everything we tried was AMAZING!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Well, we think that you're pretty OUTSTANDING and AMAZING, too! What a pleasure it was for Leah, a then-trainee, and I to host you on our North End Neighborhood Tour. We're thrilled that you enjoyed our Little Italy's iconic and award-winning best eats. While we hope that the remainder of your family enjoyed the Sox game as well, we're glad that you opted instead to spend nine innings with us creating lasting food memories. Should you plan a return trip, we'd welcome another opportunity to share Boston's best eats with you. And if you know of others who would enjoy our tours, send them our way. We promise to send them home happy and full, too!
star-5
Don’t miss this!
Tara_S
, Aug 2021
This tour was fantastic! The food, the history, the stories that Audrey threw in…we had a blast. Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for so highly recommending our North End Neighborhood Tour. We were thrilled to be able to reintroduce you to the North End, and to share its best eats, including your favorite, Monica Mercato's Best of Boston-winning Italian sub. We hope that we inspired you to return to the North End more often, and to create additional food memories on your own.
star-5
2nd time on this tour!
Nia_C
, Aug 2021
Audrey’s perspective on this neighborhood & insight to some of its residents is really fun. It’s a great way to enjoy some of Boston & get great recommendations for places to eat or shop.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
It was wonderful to see you again, and to host more of your loved ones. We're thrilled that you enjoyed our North End Neighborhood Tour, including the senior residents who reside off-the-beaten path, and with whom we have nurtured and developed relationships. Should you return a third time, we promise to have more best eats a-waiting, and a few less parking wars between bites!

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