A sideways look at Boston’s Italian neighborhood
The North End owns Italian-American dining the same way Martin Scorsese owns Italian-American movies, but there are alternatives: Neptune Oyster is a seafood aficionado magnet; Aragosta Bar + Bistro offers New England cuisine with a Mediterranean twist; Tenoch takes the torta to new heights. Aragosta 3 Battery Wharf, 617.994.9001, aragostabistro.com Neptune Oyster 63 Salem St., 617.742.3474, neptuneoyster.com
Tenoch 3 Lewis St., 617.248.9537, tenochmexican.com
The serendipity of a leisurely North End stroll is sure to reveal something unexpected. Go for a browse around Shake the Tree (global cookbooks, unique jewelry, etc.) or William Carlton Workshop (vintage-style caps crafted on early 1900s machines). Shake the Tree 67 Salem St., 617.742.0484, shakethetreeboston.com William Carlton Workshop 148A Salem St., 415.622.7534, wcworkshop. bigcartel.com (Clockwise from top) Ward 8; espresso at Caffe Dello Sport; William Carlton Workshop window; fireside cocktail al fresco at Aragosta, Battery Wharf Hotel.
Immerse yourself in soccer culture over Italian espresso at Caffe Dello Sport, where habitual use of the greeting “signore” is encouraged. The Living Room hosts regular comedy and board game nights, and gastropub Ward 8 strikes a welljudged balance between late drinks and dining. Caffe Dello Sport 308 Hanover St., 617.523.5063, caffedellosport.us The Living Room 101 Atlantic Ave., 617.723.5101, thelivingroomboston.com Ward 8 90 N. Washington St., 617.823.4478, ward8.com
Harborwalk—Boston’s network of waterfront paths—is still growing, and the North End section is a lesser-known highlight. Exhale Spa offers a sunnyday yoga class in the open air. For more chucklesome pursuits, head over to Improv Asylum, and unleash your inner artisan at North Bennet Street School. North Bennet Street School 150 North St., 617.227.0155, nbss.edu Improv Asylum 216 Hanover St., 617.263.6887, improvasylum.com
Exhale Spa 2 Battery Wharf, 617.603.3100, exhalespa.com
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