Whether you are visiting our wonderful city or live here, the North End poses a major dilemma: There are so many incredible places to dine, you could get agita trying to choose a restaurant. Fear not foodies; I have an agita-free solution that doesn't require Pepto-Bismol: Attend the Taste of the North End on May 10, and graze among more than 40 booths offering samples from many of the neighborhood's finest eateries. All of the great food will support some great causes. Proceeds benefit charitable organizations in the North End including elderly, education, and health programs.
The historic North End has been home to a succession of immigrants -- Irish, Jewish, Portuguese, and Italian -- but today it is primarily known as an Italian neighborhood and is beloved for its Italian bakeries, food shops, and restaurants. (Essential tourist info: While other cities have a "Little Italy," real Bostonians who know their canolis from their cannellinis would never refer to the area as anything but the North End.) The Taste event offers a rare opportunity to mangia to your heart's content (maybe "to your stomach's capacity" is a more apt phrase) among the dishes served by restaurants such as Aria Trattoria, Lucia Ristorante, Artu Rosticceria & Trattoria, and Tresca.
Whatever you do, save room for dessert. Two of the North End's legendary bakeries, Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry, will be represented. Come to think of it, if you attend the Taste you might want to pick up a bottle of Pepto-Bismol after all.
Taste of the North End Friday, May 10, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, 561 Commercial Street, Boston Includes appetizers, cheeses, entrees, desserts, wine, and beer Tickets are $79 if purchased on or before April 26 and $99 after that date.
Photo: Lucia Ristorante.