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Modern Pastry Shop

North End, Boston
151 Tips and reviews
  • cannoli
  • mikes
  • lobster tails
  • cake
  • casual
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  • Esther P.
    Esther PereiraNovember 21, 2017
    Traditional cannoli (ricotta plain shell) is delicious! (Better than Mike’s pastry) the shell is crunchy and the filling is very smooth, light and with just the right amount of sweetness!
  • Greg F.
    Greg FullerNovember 10, 2017
    Delicious pastry, cash only so be prepared. Got a cannoli which was fantastic. Was recommended by our waiter at dinner who’s restaurant didn’t serve desserts.
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅November 1, 2017
    Cannoli are great and yes, they also have gluten free option.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedySeptember 24, 2017
    Mike’s is for tourists. Modern forever!
  • Twinkle D.
    Twinkle DenoyoAugust 31, 2017
    Excellent ricotta pie and the lobster tails are sooo good!!! The mini ones are sfogliatellas and they do have a different filling. They have a great selection of desserts and everything looks amazing!
  • Hachikaoru
    HachikaoruJuly 31, 2017
    Like here more than Mikes Pastry. Good florentine and canoli.
  • Josue E.
    Josue EvillaMay 29, 2017
    Great old fashioned Italian bakery. Excellent ricotta pie. Great option when the line of tourists at Mike's gets out of control.
  • Elleen
    ElleenMay 24, 2017
    get the fruit tart!
  • Traci S.
    Traci SchuhMay 11, 2017
    Lemon squares were very disappointing. Pine nut and pistachio cookies were yummy, but my pastry standards are a little higher.
  • Lafan B.
    Lafan BMarch 9, 2017
    The lobster tail tastes good but it's too big for one person
  • Jeiran H.
    Jeiran HasanJanuary 10, 2017
    I thought it was just ok. I didn't have anything that I thought was absolutely amazing.
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellDecember 12, 2016
    Custom cannolies!!!
  • Reagan B.
    Reagan BarbosaOctober 31, 2016
    I didn't think the cannoli was as amazing as everyone said it was...the best cannoli I've had is from Graffiato in Washington, D.C.
  • Kellie L.
    Kellie LoebOctober 14, 2016
    So pretty it's is hard to choose!
  • Frederick Bernard S.
    Frederick Bernard StewartAugust 31, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Walk past any line and confirm that your selection is available and fresh. If so, get in line.
  • Dale A.
    Dale AndrewsAugust 6, 2016
    Lobster Tails aren't on display but they'll make your tongue slap your brains out. Awesome.
  • Johnny M.
    Johnny MangoAugust 5, 2016
    Best Cannoli's in Boston !!!
  • Karan M.
    Karan MavaiJune 24, 2016
    Lobster tail!
  • Alex T.
    Alex TrecoMay 23, 2016
    Best cannolis in the north end! Go with traditional ricotta filling.
  • Luckyxleaf
    LuckyxleafApril 22, 2016
    I want the pumpkin cheesecake! but I think it's seasonal cause it was there In December but not February.
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosApril 19, 2016
    They have a bar/restaurant in the basement. Go for trivia on Thursdays!
  • Frederick Bernard S.
    Frederick Bernard StewartApril 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Lobster tail.
  • Emily Z.
    Emily ZollerJanuary 13, 2016
    Black and white cookies!!!
  • A S.
    A SJanuary 12, 2016
    Had the rum cake(?) and the napoleon. Unfortunately both cakes were too similar, same cream filling between wafers. I wish the person behind the counter had informed us before purchase.
  • John M.
    John McFoodieJanuary 8, 2016
    Boston creme cupcake and strawberry cheesecake
  • Loren
    LorenDecember 24, 2015
    Come for the cannoli, leave with florentines, marzipan, jordan almonds, and sfogliatelle.
  • Pauly G.
    Pauly GNovember 8, 2015
    The best pastry shop in the North End! Get the pistachio cookies and tri color cookies!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillNovember 6, 2015
    For my money they have the best cannoli in Boston. My guilty pleasure every time I am in town.
  • Cristina R.
    Cristina RuizOctober 15, 2015
    The mini cannoli is just the right size and sweetness. Crispy too!
  • Nicholas S.
    Nicholas StevensOctober 14, 2015
    Fresh piped cannolis are the way to go.
  • Megan M.
    Megan McInnisOctober 11, 2015
    Chocolate Filled Cannoli
  • David S.
    David SteinOctober 9, 2015
    Best canoli in Boston
  • Lynora C.
    Lynora ChewOctober 8, 2015
    I had the cookies-pinoli, pistachio, almond macaroons but the cannoli is supposed to be the thing to get
  • Jess J.
    Jess Jean-CharlesOctober 5, 2015
    They are cash only
  • Erman
    ErmanOctober 3, 2015
    Loong lines
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzSeptember 28, 2015
    Boston staple, eat a lobster tail, drink cappuccino. Baron the lower level!
  • Keely C.
    Keely CarriganSeptember 7, 2015
    Very busy at most hours, and a direct competitor to Mike's Pastry down the road. I personally get the ricotta pie and/or ricotta cookies during the holiday season!
  • Geena
    GeenaSeptember 7, 2015
    Everything. Better than brooklyn. And I can't believe I just said that
  • Faris A.
    Faris AltorkiAugust 18, 2015
    A Must visit spot in Boston👍🏼
  • Kristin
    KristinJuly 4, 2015
    Canolli with chocolate chips. Yum! Seating inside of you want to stay instead of taking your order to go.
  • Gabriela G.
    Gabriela GrossmannJuly 3, 2015
    In general I am not a fan of cannoli. It was ok but not worthy to do the line. Lobster tail was good.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanJune 29, 2015
    Fantastic cannoli. Cash only!
  • Amanda
    AmandaJune 10, 2015
    The fruit tarts are delicious!! All the pastries are superb.
  • Miguel P.
    Miguel PicancoMay 24, 2015
    Huge variety of options including a seemingly secluded bar and dining area downstairs!
  • Sonia S.
    Sonia SuMay 20, 2015
    Napoleon was disappointing.
  • Jon D.
    Jon DarveauApril 23, 2015
    Get the canolis!
  • Carl C.
    Carl CincottiApril 8, 2015
    The lobster tails are big enough to feed an army
  • Juan Luis B.
    Juan Luis BoteroMarch 28, 2015
    Mini canoli
  • Ingrid W.
    Ingrid WongMarch 8, 2015
    Cannoli are much fresher tab Mike's. Their other Italian pastries such as the French horn are worth a try as well. It's difficult to not be tempted by the cake display...
  • Jessica
    JessicaFebruary 26, 2015
    Those cannolis 😍
  • Julie N.
    Julie NamJanuary 15, 2015
    I want to get everything.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelJanuary 11, 2015
    Good but I find the cannoli at Mike's to be superior.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CallahanJanuary 5, 2015
    I prefer it to Mike's Pastry.
  • A.D. R.
    A.D. RevelsJanuary 3, 2015
    Crowded, but worth it. The cannolis are amazing!
  • Rob Z.
    Rob ZaleskiDecember 3, 2014
    The chocolate-dipped pistachio cannoli will make you the happiest. These are legit.
  • Nicholas
    NicholasOctober 29, 2014
    Competes with Mike's Pastry, sometimes less busy, less selection of cannoli flavors.
  • Anya
    AnyaOctober 23, 2014
    creme brûlée is amazing!!!!!!
  • Natalia P.
    Natalia PflegerSeptember 29, 2014
    Cannoli!! The best! Coffee is great too.
  • Sue Y.
    Sue YeeSeptember 21, 2014
    Pastries and desserts
  • Chandra T.
    Chandra TSeptember 15, 2014
    Everywhere I go, I find a bakery.
  • Gwen C.
    Gwen CummingsSeptember 8, 2014
    Get a traditional Boston Cream Pie in cupcake form! Delicious
  • Kristena R.
    Kristena RudloffSeptember 1, 2014
    If you're not a cannoli person, try their tiramisu, napoleons, and carrot cake.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
    Check out Modern Pastry as seen on Sugar High Read more
  • Jen A.
    Jen AAugust 27, 2014
    Pistachio macarons! The best!
  • Blake S.
    Blake SirachAugust 24, 2014
    French Horns are delicious! Solid cannolis too-- the new expansion makes the interior more comfortable when it gets busy.
  • Trevor A.
    Trevor ArnebergAugust 23, 2014
    They expanded! Cash only, smaller variety than Mikes, but I feel like its quality over quantity. Anything with PB was fantastic
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Mark Goldberg, chef of Park, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Cannoli. Read more
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RastetterAugust 21, 2014
    Best cannoli in Boston, but the real show stopper is the lobster tail stuffed to the gills with cream. It's a meal.
  • Sharon Z.
    Sharon ZhangAugust 13, 2014
    Made a name for itself despite the competition from Mike's, the lines are much shorter and the new location is brighter and more spacious.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyAugust 10, 2014
    The best cannoli I've ever had.
  • Piqui B.
    Piqui BerriosAugust 7, 2014
    The beat canolis anywhere.
  • Johnny A.
    Johnny AmarantosAugust 6, 2014
    Best cannoli in the North End.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BednarAugust 3, 2014
    Cannoli, always cannoli, and nowhere does it better than Modern Pastry.
  • Trevor N.
    Trevor NashleanasJuly 21, 2014
    Mike's has significantly more cannoli flavors to choose from. Modern has more pastry options in general.
  • Ally G.
    Ally GrossJune 2, 2014
    Yum. So good so many pastries
  • Kristin
    KristinApril 21, 2014
    Check your order before you leave. We paid for a dozen, but only got 9 :(
  • mary
    maryApril 15, 2014
    Best whoppie pies in boston :) they only take cash so come prepared.
  • Emma B.
    Emma BassoMarch 24, 2014
    Love this place been coming my whole life
  • Dave N.
    Dave NelsonMarch 13, 2014
    Ask for the "lobster tail," or at least get the filling in something else, and the nougat is life-changing.
  • Julia M.
    Julia MartinFebruary 2, 2014
    Order the chocolate-dipped cannoli with the traditional ricotta filling & chocolate chips.
  • Jackie A.
    Jackie AhnJanuary 16, 2014
    Chocolate dipped with ricotta
  • Mac
    MacOctober 29, 2013
    Try the pastries!!!!!
  • Renz N.
    Renz NobleSeptember 4, 2013
    I haven't tasted Mike's pastry so I can't compare the cannolis. It's good though. The lobster tail is overwhelmingly big!
  • Nadine
    NadineAugust 31, 2013
    Just get the lobster tail, it's enough for 3-4 people. Screw the Cannoli unless it's your thing.
  • Jade A.
    Jade AndersonAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the ricotta filled traditional canoli, best in Boston!
  • SouthPhillyPT
    SouthPhillyPTAugust 27, 2013
    Expect long lines especially on weekends.
  • Anthony
    AnthonyAugust 17, 2013
    Great food getting pricey
  • Angela Z.
    Angela ZhuJuly 22, 2013
    Only four cannoli flavors (ricotta vanilla chocolate and one other I can't recall) but less sweet than mikes and better
  • Becca
    BeccaJuly 17, 2013
    Modern is way better than mike's for cannolis and it's cheaper!
  • Nathan L.
    Nathan LavertueJuly 11, 2013
    In, and out. No line. Make sure you know what you want.
  • Xin S.
    Xin SongJune 29, 2013
    Napoleon and gelato are awesome
  • Don N.
    Don NolinJune 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy tasty. Pies and pastries are quite excellent
  • David R.
    David RMay 26, 2013
    Got a slice of rum cake. Can't wait to get home to try it. Looks good
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle CoburnMay 25, 2013
    Totally rude, kicked us out cause we ordered at the counter and sat down and didn't pay the "table tax". We did not know the tables were for service only, we offered to pay the "table tax", no go.
  • AlohaKarina 🌺🌈🏝
    AlohaKarina 🌺🌈🏝May 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Walk in, close your eyes, and take a deep breath. That divine smell is the smell of an authentic Italian pasticceria. Mike's is nice, but Modern Pastry is better. It's like getting a treat with Nonna!
  • Kirk L.
    Kirk LoveApril 27, 2013
    Give the slight nod to Modern over Mike's. Both respectable cannoli though neither in the league of Termini Bros in South Philly.
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley ArnoldMarch 26, 2013
    The cannoli was amazing and filled to order! It was definitely local and the staff was friendly! Much tastier and nice than the angry old Italian women at Mike's!
  • Paul B.
    Paul BabalasJanuary 20, 2013
    If your lookin for sumthin nice to snack on, I suggest you grab "Yourself" a DozeN Cannoli's (get a few with chocolate chips) and make sure you get them all doused with PowdA SugaR<>PKB<>
  • Eric O.
    Eric ODecember 10, 2012
    Raspberry truffle. That's all.
  • Luciano S.
    Luciano SousaOctober 26, 2012
    Staff is really friendly
  • Dana V.
    Dana VillmoreOctober 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pignoli cookies and pistachio cookies are to die for!!
  • Lisa F.
    Lisa FordSeptember 26, 2012
    Cannolis are NEVER pre-filled. Your cannoli will be filled only after you order.
  • Cory O.
    Cory O'BrienSeptember 10, 2012
    Get a Lobster Tail. It's an experience you've got to see (and taste) to believe.
  • Cassandra M.
    Cassandra MunsonAugust 26, 2012
    Better than Mike's
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 24, 2012
    Come early, avoid the line, have a delicious reward for the end of the day. I suggest the tiramisu.
  • Satori N.
    Satori NJuly 24, 2012
    Service staff seemed confused. Friend waited in line for 10 minutes to be served, while staff helped everyone around her.
  • Angela Q.
    Angela QuigleyJuly 9, 2012
    Chocolate macaroons are delish!!
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 27, 2012
    Try an amaretto (two layers of Italian sponge cake soaked in rum & amaretto liquors, filled with creamy vanilla custard) or a ricotta pie (sweetened ricotta cheese baked in pasta frolla pastry dough). Read more
  • Princess P.
    Princess PoetressMay 17, 2012
    The line is long for a's good.s
  • Simon K.
    Simon KilBrideMay 13, 2012
    Delicious Cannolis after Saturday pre Mothers Day lunch!! (my spelling is probably horrific) . Wife had a chocolate eclair which was also delish. Finally got to go to… (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Alwyn V.
    Alwyn VelasquezApril 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Canoli And Ricotta Pie - The pie was out if this world so smooth, creamy and sweet while the canola with their crunch shells gave you something to sink your teeth into!
  • Eleanor M.
    Eleanor MasinterApril 11, 2012
    Get the cannolli.
  • Jason R.
    Jason RaiaApril 6, 2012
    It's worth the wait, especially for any if the ricotta desserts.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WilliamsMarch 28, 2012
    Cash only!
  • Monica G.
    Monica GrossiMarch 18, 2012
    Amazing ricotta pie! Best I've ever had!!
  • Shanley B.
    Shanley BrownFebruary 22, 2012
    Best cannoli!
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MackintoshJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The lobster tails could feed at least a couple people each. Their truffles are to die for. Can't really go wrong here, and the line is usually much more manageable than Mike's.
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GrattaNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best ricotta pie!! Better than Mikes. Trust me. Cash only.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BleimesNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come here for the lobster tails (a delicious pastry) and the homemade torrone... yum! Italian cookies by the pound are also fab.
  • Keith V.
    Keith VigsNovember 7, 2011
    The cannolis are the worst I've tasted, stale shell, bland filling. Mikes Pastry is way better, and the best in the North End.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LippardNovember 6, 2011
    Best. Cannoli. EVER. Don't let Mike's fool you.
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle ClaussOctober 22, 2011
    Don't go to Mike's. Modern Pastry Shop has the best cannoli in Boston.
  • Sabrina R.
    Sabrina RousselOctober 16, 2011
    Lobster tail for two.
  • schneidermike s.
    Whoopee Pies are 1337
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle ClaussOctober 7, 2011
    Get the pistachio torrone!
  • Marcus S.
    Marcus S.September 28, 2011
    Best Lobster Tail outside of Italy! Plus it's enough for two people!
  • Natalie A.
    Natalie ArmacostSeptember 2, 2011
    Way better than mikes :-)
  • Maybelle H.
    Maybelle HuiSeptember 1, 2011
    Mmm cannolis!!
  • Clown F.
    Clown Face3August 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Crappy tip says they DON'T accept cash. D'oh! They ONLY accept cash.
  • David W.
    David WebbJuly 25, 2011
    Try to figure out what u want before they help you will keep the line moving
  • Marybeth C.
    Marybeth CelorierJuly 25, 2011
    Who doesnt like dessert? Read more
  • Mark M.
    Mark MusicoJuly 12, 2011
    sorry modern, go to mike's
  • Lindsay S.
    Lindsay SteedmanJune 28, 2011
    I like this place better than mikes. I always get the cannoli!
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse MasonMay 23, 2011
    awesome desserts Read more
  • Jenn
    JennApril 18, 2011
    Don't go on Sundays. Waited in line for almost 45 minutes just for one cannoli. Adult women get overly excited in line.
  • Clown F.
    Clown Face3March 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    We've tried half-moon cookies at every place on Hanover Street. Modern's are best, followed by Lyndell's. Don't bother with Mike's.
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GaskillFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Mike's. That way the line here will be shorter.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DiMattiaNovember 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    the creme brulee is so good you will weep!
  • Redwan H.
    Redwan HuqSeptember 5, 2010
    The cannolis are definitely not worth the wait, which can be up to 45min. Crust is stale and filling is bland.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LoperAugust 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster tail is the best and only 4 bucks! Canoli is fresh unlike mikes who's sit in the case waiting.
  • Broderick D.
    Broderick D.August 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Much better than Mike's, and they ONLY accept cash. Great staff, awesome strawberry shortcake!
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MullinsAugust 12, 2010
    damn good!
  • Jack P.
    Jack PalecznyJune 13, 2010
    Tourist trap just like Mike's. They don't accept cash.
  • F H.
    F HJune 10, 2010
    Honestly, the freshest, and tastiest pastry in all of MA. (also their Medford store) They've been making my bday cake for 50 yrs! Ciao Pina and John!
  • Keith G.
    Keith GetchellJune 10, 2010
    Modern pastry is 10x the mikes pastry tourist trap. Right across the street
  • Jack B.
    Jack BarrettMay 15, 2010
    Try the whippy pie, it is excellent!
  • Jeffery B.
    Jeffery BialekMarch 19, 2010
    Best cannoli in Boston...perhaps the USA! Don't miss the Lobster Tails!!! Read more
  • Stacie A.
    Stacie AndrewsFebruary 21, 2010
    Best berry tart! Cream filling slightly lemony superb!
  • Rob C.
    Rob CiampaFebruary 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Been going here for 46 years. Best cannoli in the world.
  • Rafael R.
    Rafael RojoAugust 30, 2015
    Usualmente tiene mucha gente y es parecido al Mike's que está del otro lado de la calle. La cola es sólo para llevar. Le recomiendo tomar una mesa si sólo quiere probar. El canoli es la especialidad
  • Matt M.
    Matt MAugust 3, 2014
    Molto disorganizziato!
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