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Though there's always hoards of people buzzing outside rival pastry shop Mike's just down the block, real Bostonians know that generations-old Modern is the real winner of the city's best cannoli. At any given time, there's a sizable line for its flaky, deep-fried pastry tubes hugging velvety ricotta, which you can customize with add-ons like chocolate chips, pistachios, and chocolate-dipped shells. Despite the line, this cash-only spot isn't nearly as crazed as Mike's, because guests here form an orderly queue (instead of a swarming crowd) as they ogle at tons of treats like handmade Italian cookies, lobster tails, and cakes in display cases. Pro tip: if you're pressed for time, skip the line and slip inside Modern's next-door cafe that's oft-overlooked -- it serves the same cannoli without the wait.

Modern Pastry Shop Boston North End
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Modern Pastry Shop

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Though there's always hoards of people buzzing outside rival pastry shop Mike's just down the block, real Bostonians know that generations-old Modern is the real winner of the city's best cannoli. At any given time, there's a sizable line for its flaky, deep-fried pastry tubes hugging velvety ricotta, which you can customize with add-ons like chocolate chips, pistachios, and chocolate-dipped shells. Despite the line, this cash-only spot isn't nearly as crazed as Mike's, because guests here form an orderly queue (instead of a swarming crowd) as they ogle at tons of treats like handmade Italian cookies, lobster tails, and cakes in display cases. Pro tip: if you're pressed for time, skip the line and slip inside Modern's next-door cafe that's oft-overlooked -- it serves the same cannoli without the wait.