Off the Eaten Path Boston Food Tours

Piacere l'arte di mangiare bene

(Enjoy the art of eating well.)

Our 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 long-time locals ourselves, eating and shopping here on a daily basis, we can guide you off the beaten path and onto a delicious journey of food served in unique, locally-owned establishments.

We 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 we uncover the fabled past of this old world neighborhood, and experience firsthand what it means to be a "North Ender."

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, history, and an "insider" perspective of Boston. This tour is for locals and tourists alike, and our purpose is to have fun, learn, and taste some great food!

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 $65 for each adult, plus Massachusetts sales tax. Price includes food and wine. We do not offer refunds on no shows or cancelled tours, but we would gladly honor you the right to reschedule a tour at no cost.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour will begin and end at the same spot, which is in North Square. We will begin right in the center, by the picnic tables.

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?

we want the experience on the tour to be personal and intimate. So no more than 12 people per tour.

Will there be alchohol on the tour?

Yes! We'll discuss wine and participate in a wine tasting.

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!

This is more than just your typical food tour. We'll not only be tasting food along the way, but we'll witness food demos of how to make fresh pasta! And how to make artisan bread! We'll discuss the North End's unique history in relation to Boston and to the rest of the country!

What kinds of things will we eat?

We're going to visit the birth place of Sicilian pizza in America, and taste it! You'll eat the best chocolate chip cookie you've ever had! Try homemade gelato! Organic wines! Absolutely the best Arancini outside of Naples! And so much more.......chocolate ... homemade pasta ... cheese! Everything good in life!

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.