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Food Network: Best of the Best of 2004

by Jill Cordes & Marc Silverstein

In Paul Revere’s backyard, tour guide extraordinaire, Michele Topor, revolutionizes the way you look at one of Boston’s most historic neighborhoods. Only it has nothing to do with the Redcoats. Red sauce? Now that’s another story.

Boston’s North End is one of the country’s oldest, most authentic Italian neighborhoods. It’s filled with Old World-style bakeries, greengrocers, butchers, and, of course, restaurants like Mamma Maria (see below). Several times a week, Topor leads visitors on a three-and-a-half-hour tour, during which she shares her expertise on why such a small area—less than 1/3 of a square mile—is so vibrant. (more…)

National Geographic Traveler: Insider’s Boston

September 2004

Insider’s Boston

by George W. Stone
Photographs by John Kernick

America’s revolutionary city, a refuge for Puritans and polymaths, has gardens, history, colleges, and—for those who know where to go—more than a few secrets and surprises. (more…)