Boston’s North End is a picturesque Boston neighborhood with deep ties to Italian culture and the most famous dining in the city. Notorious for it’s tiny side streets, old world vibe, and family owned businesses, it’s no wonder the streets are packed nightly with locals and tourists alike trying to soak up the unique vibe. This area is overflowing with history, from the cobblestones of Salem Street to the Old North Church. This is the city’s oldest residential area, the neighborhood was walked by Boston’s founders just as it is by todays young professionals, students, and Italian families that have been there for generations. The summer festivals fill the streets with music and culture while the Italian population pays homage to its saints.
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A. AL DENTE (Italian)
109 Salem Street
Snuggled in the heart of the world famous North End, Al Dente Restaurant lets you feast on a bountiful array of Italian specialties. The outstanding menu featuring pasta, chicken, veal, and seafood highlights a spectrum of lavish Italian specialties that are sure to please discriminating palates. The open kitchen lets you in on the action behind the superb dishes, and you will enjoy their extraordinary fare amid a cozy, casual setting. The Phantom Gourmet states “Al Dente is Gourmet Greatness”.
B. NICO RISTORANTE (Italian)
417 Hanover Street
Nico Ristorante, located in Boston’s beautiful North End at 417 Hanover Street, offers uncompromising Italian Cuisine. Award winning Chef Salvatore Firicano showcases uncomplicated, distinctive, and unforgettable Italian Cuisine highlighted with the season’s best ingredients. Nico is open seven nights a week for dinner and is now offering a menu in their bar & lounge area. Valet parking is available.
C. STREGA RISTORANTE (Fine Italian)
379 Hanover Street
Strega Ristorante is a legendary North End landmark. After being opened in 2003 by owner Nick Wren, Strega quickly became famous for its dramatic decor, celebrity clientelem unmatched hospitality and most of all, the unforgettable Italian cuisine. Known for his authentic Italian dishes and rich portions, Chef Salvatore Firicano, born and trained in Sicily, transformed Strega Ristorante into the epicenter of North End dining.
D. TRESCA (Traditional Italian)
233 Hanover Street
Ray Bourque’s Tresca is “The best athlete owned restaurant in the East” – USA Today 2013. The voters of the Boston A.List also voted them as the Best Traditional Italian Restaurant in the city. Tresca is an authentic Italian restaurant featuring hearty multi-regional cuisine with an exceptional wine cellar, offering a selection of over 500 of the finest vintages. Winner of the ‘Wine Spectator’ award of excellence, The warm captivating atmosphere with two fireplaces captures the feeling of being in a Tuscan villa. They have flat screen TVs, a romantic balcony table just for two, and an intimate private dining room in their wine cellar.
The North End is not only centrally located, but easy to get to from afar. It is easily accessed by variety of transportation options including 3 subway lines, Storrow drive, and 1-93.
Haymarket Station (Orange and Green Lines)
North station (Green line, Orange Line, Commuter rail and Amtrak)
Aquarium (Blue Line)
While small, The North End is absolutely full of sites to see for a first timer or long time resident. Every street offers a new experience, hidden cafe, or secret park. Look no further than Paul Revere’s original Boston home and The Old North Church for your dose of history. Cruise on over to Langone park and watch the Bocce matches for a taste of Italian culture. Don’t forget to walk Hanover Street and visit one of the many pastry shops (just follow the white boxes to Mike’s). It’s easy to walk, full of excitement, and arguably one of the best areas to dedicate a day to when visiting Boston.
Because of its small footprint, dense population, and renowned status, the North End is not on the cheep side of living. For a high price you get a great locations, steady increases in value, and the pride that comes with living in one of America’s oldest neighborhoods.
Median Rent: $2,600
Median Sale Price (single family): $528,500
Increase in Value (year over year): 11.7%