This North End bakery is open 24 hours a day, every day—yet somehow, it still manages to rank behind two other neighborhood shops, Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry, in sheer name recognition. Bova’s, though, is the best-kept secret hiding in plain sight. Founded in 1926, the family-owned bakery churns out an overwhelming assortment of excellent sweet and savory treats: mouthwatering fresh fruit tarts and turnovers, cakes and calzones—and yes, cannoli that compete with the best of them.
134 Salem St., Boston • (617) 523-5601
2014 Winner: Modern Pastry
There’s nothing better on a hot summer night than a stroll down Hanover Street, following your nose into Modern Pastry for a creamy, cool dessert...
- 257 Hanover St., Boston
- (617) 523-3783
2017 Winner: Sofra
Date-filled ma’amoul, Syrian shortbread with raspberry jam, Turkish kunefe in chamomile syrup: You’ll find these in few places but Sofra...
- 1 Belmont St., Cambridge
- (617) 661-3161