Mike's Pastry is a landmark Boston bakery. Opened in 1946 by Italian immigrant, Michael Mercogliano, it has remained a family-run business for over 50 years. They've never spent a cent on advertising, but their iconic white and blue box with "Mike's" stamped on top speaks for itself.
I first heard about it through some students in one of my classes last semester. Apparently, it's "a rite of passage" with these Harvard kids to wait in line for a cannoli at Mike's. (I later learned that people from all over the world come to the North End shop for a "world famous" pastry...even Bill Clinton's a fan).
They JUST opened a second shop a few months ago in Harvard Square (on Dunster St.) When my Mom and Nan were visiting, we were on the hunt for some Boston Cream Pie to pair with our tea and pajama-watching evening of Downton Abbey. Of course, it was the perfect excuse to hit up Mike's!
The portions were HUGE so we got one slice of Boston Cream Pie and one Chocolate Chip Cannoli (their best-seller) to share. Holy taste bud heaven. Best decision of the weekend. I'm not usually a big pastry person, but these are next level G-O-O-D. They're pretty decadent, but oh-so-fresh.
It's definitely not "bikini-friendly" - Mike was adamant about NOT doing anything low-fat / low-cal etc...he used to say that sugar-free cookies were an oxymoron and in a heavy Italian accent, "if you want low-fat, DON'T COME IN MIKE'S!" - but before I leave Boston I'm going to have to make one last stop for a ceremonial cannoli.
If you're ever in town and looking for a tasty treat, this guy's worth adding to your list.