If you find yourself wandering around the North End this summer, and you know will because you're going to the St. Anthony's Feast next weekend, pick up a copy of the North End Scene magazine. I've written an article titled "Sweet Treats for Summertime" and profiled some fun North End desserts. And no, that model in the picture included with the article is not me and no, I don't have her contact information. As soon as the article is posted online I'll link to it but here is a sample until then:
Summertime is finally upon us and I know what you’re thinking – where is the best gelato in the North End? The answer, however, is not so simple. It’s important to take a step back to find out what makes gelato different from other frozen summertime desserts so we can discern the lackluster from the truly great. Gelato is essentially an Italian variation of ice cream. According to Caffé Gelato in Delaware, gelato has much less fat than ice cream that results in a much deeper, richer flavor than ice cream. This feature also gives gelato a faster, more satisfying melt-in-your-mouth experience. Traditional gelato comes in a variety of fruit and nut flavors including strawberry, vanilla, mint, and pistachio. And while I have seen nontraditional flavors such as Reeses Peanut Butter Cup gelato, they really don’t compare to the more traditional flavors no matter how decadent.
When you're walking around the feast and ready for a sweet treat, I'd also recommend the chocolate covered s'mores at Mike's Pastry. While available year-round they are quite delightful this time of year: