One of the great joys of travelling for meetings and events is that hopefully on one night you can get out of the hotel and see the real city that you are visiting. In this case Boston is the city and the neighborhood is their famous North End. It has the distinction of being the city's oldest residential community, where people have lived continuously since it was settled in the 1630s. Though small, the neighborhood has approximately 100 eating establishments, and a variety of attractions. It is known as the city's Little Italy
for its Italian-American
population. My client Vince and I took a cab over from our hotel and when we got dropped off on this particular Saturday night the area was abuzz with people going to their favorite restaurants and enjoying this beautiful fall evening. For the most part they were all small family owned Italian restaurants and as you walked by each one the intoxicating smell of garlic floated over Hanover Street.
We found a great little place and was lucky to get seated right away between two large Italian families. The conversations were loud and filled with laughter. The waiter was very knowledgeable about everything on the menu and the owner came by several times to make us feel like were his best customer.
After dinner we were looking for a “little something” for dessert and coffee and was amazed to see that some of the biggest lines in the North End to get in were for the delicious bakeries in the area.
So next time you are out of town make sure that at least on one night you don’t eat in the hotel or at one of the typical chain steak houses and go to one of the wonderful neighborhoods that that city has to offer.
Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season,