Boston’s North End is a mini Italy waiting to be discovered. Old cobblestone streets reeking of the past, tiny cafes selling the most scrumptious pastry, trattorias with balconies (perfect for date nights or people watching) and comforting cuisine that demands an ignorance of calories are hallmarks of this neighborhood. Amidst this bustling world of its own is Galleria Umberto, an unassuming pizza and sandwich shop that we almost had trouble locating, even though it is clearly present on the main street. This cash only cafe is open only during lunch hours and serves pizza for less than $2. We waited eagerly, as the heavenly aromas from their oven wafted over the queue. My friend and I marveled, and couldn’t imagine our eyes when we noticed the portions as the server announced our total. A meal consisting of four-five items set us back by $10.
Aside from pizza, Galleria Umberto offer arancini, panzarotti, pizzette, calzones, beers and soda. Their portions are generous, the quality consistent. When I’m exploring cities or towns, I’m always on the lookout for hole in the wall gems. And to be able to discover such a delightful place in my own city makes me fall in love with the idea of travel again and again.