As you read this, I will be in Boston eating my way through my favorite haunts, mostly in the North End or Little Italy. I have a few important things to do, one, compare Regina Pizzaria to Santarpio’s and second, do a Half Moon (Black and White Cookie) Throwdown, and third, do a repeat cannoli throwdown between Mike’s, Modern’s, and Maria’s. After that first throwdown, I had a few people chime in for Maria’s, so to be fair, I will repeat. I am always happy to take one for the team.
I really like Santarpio’s Pizza but have just recently learned that Regina’s ages their dough which Santarps does not. I will compare sauce, crust, and cheese. That’s funny there really isn’t anything else to compare, it’s pizza for goodness sakes. I am hearing that Santarp’s is opening a new location, Peabody?
And for that Half Moon throwdown, I will be comparing Lyndell’s, Bova, Maria’s, Mike’s, and Modern’s. In Boston we call them Half Moons which are frosted and more cake-like, the NYC version is called a Black and White Cookie which is topped with a fondant glaze and has a drier texture. So why the Half Moon? When I was a little girl my Grandma used to take me to Mass, then to the bakery for a Half Moon, then on to her girlfriend’s house for coffee and all the latest gossip, which I never got because it was all in Italian. I was to sit quietly, take my cheek pinches an “how bella I was,” and eat my cookie. I always ate the chocolate frosted side first. So who has the best Half Moon? We’ll see.
More BRK’s Boston Travel Stories
Newbury St. and Fenway Park
Faneuil Hall and The Italian North End
East Boston to Revere and Beyond
Good Food Hunting in Revere
Food Shopping in the North End
Mike’s V. Modern’s Cannoli Throwdown