Off the Eaten Path Boston Food Tours

Piacere l'arte di mangiare bene

(Enjoy the art of eating well.)

My desire to start Off The Eaten Path Tours stems from a lifelong passion for food, and a desire to share our one-of-a-kind neighborhood, the North End, with visitors and locals alike. The North End boasts more restaurants, bakeries, and specialty food stores then any other neighborhood in Boston. The options are dizzying, and being a long-time local myself, eating and shopping here on a daily basis, I can guide you off the beaten path and onto a delicious journey of food served in unique, locally-owned establishments.

I believe that a food tour should be a striking harmony of a neighborhood's cuisine, history, and architecture. And in a neighborhood as colorful and steeped in history as Boston's North End -- America's most vibrant "Little Italy" -- you'll experience great fun just by being a part of it all. Join Off the Eaten Path Tours as I uncover the fabled past of this old world neighborhood, and experience firsthand what it means to be a "North Ender." There will be no Mike's Pastry, or Pizzeria Regina on this tour. I want to take to places that locals actually eat in.

On this tour we will live "La Dolce Vita" and enjoy the art of good eating, in good company, Italian style. There'll be:

And there might be some surprises
along the way, too.

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Cannolis in the window of a North End bakery
Inside a North End produce market

Who Should take this tour?

Anyone who loves food, Wine, Italian culture, history, and appreciates having a local guide who is passionate about the North End. If you have questions about the tour that are not covered on my website, please do give me a call, or send a text message. 617 504 8813

Are Children welcome on the tour?

Yes! The love of learning and food begins with the young, but please remember this is a walking tour, and there'll be a lot of information that might be a bit overwhelming for young children.

Okay. How much?

The cost of the tour is $75.00 and includes all food (enough to cover lunch) and a wine tasting in a 120 year cellar. Tips are welcome if you feel the tour exceeded expectations.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour will begin in the heart of North Square directly across from the Italian Sacred Heart Church. The tour ends at the Caffe Paradiso for Cannoli, Gelato, and Espresso. (also restrooms)

How long is the tour?

The tour will last about three hours, with frequent stops along the way.

Is that rain or shine?

Yes, within reasonable limits. In the event of extreme weather, though, we'll issue a certificate that we'll honor for a future tour which you may schedule at your convenience.

How many people will there be on a tour?

Tours will not exceed more then 16 people.

Will there be alchohol on the tour?

Among the many unique things that sets this tour apart from so many others, is that we get to visit a 120 year old Wine Cellar and visit one of the top rated wine stores in the country for a wine tasting and mini seminar. I am very proud to be able to offer this experience to my guests. Even for those who do not drink wine, the experience is educational, regarding the history of wine production.

Can I take pictures on the tour?

Yes, absolutely!! Photography is strongly encouraged! The North End is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in America with beautiful pictures around every corner, just waiting for you to take them!

What if I have a food allergy?

Please inform us if you have an allergy so we can plan some alternative options. We want everyone to participate on the tour.

What kind of things will we be doing on the tour!

Learning about the history and development of the North End, Visit an authentic Italian Market, and learn about Extra Virgin Olive oil, learn how to buy real Balsamic Vinegar, learn about prosciutto and cheese, visit a back alley hidden bakery, visit an award winning wine store and have a wine tasting, visit the only ever James Beard Awarded establishment in the North End, for Sicilian food, Have certified Neapolitan Pizza, and Gnocchi. Visit a 90 year old spice shop, and experience an authentic Caffe.

What kinds of things will we eat?

We will be exploring Italian cuisine on this tour. Various styles of pizza, arancini, panzarroti, gnocchi, cannoli, gelato, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, cheese, breads, wine, espresso. This is the most diverse and well rounded food tour in the neighborhood. Stops do change as I rotate various establishments and food. I guarantee you will not leave hungry.

Is it possible to book a private tour for a business or family function?

Yes, indeed! We love putting together private tours for corporate events, sales incentives, destination planners, bachelor/bachelorette parties, family celebrations and reunions, alumni groups and many other special purposes. We'll even send a guide to your hotel to make sure you don't get lost on your way to the North End. Just call 617-504-8813 and tell us what you have in mind.