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Modern Pastry

257 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113

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(617) 523-3783


  • Sunday: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Monday: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thursday: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Friday: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cuisine: American Restaurants, Bakeries

View more restaurants at exit 20 (16) on I-93.

4.6 of 5.0 from 148 reviews

price range:$11 to $25

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Modern Pastry Reviews

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  • Twinkle AExcellent ricotta pie and the lobster tails are sooo good!!! The mini ones are sfogliatellas and they do have a different filling. They have a great selection of desserts and everything looks amazing!

    55555 by Twinkle A

  • HachikaoruLike here more than Mikes Pastry. Good florentine and canoli.

    55555 by Hachikaoru

  • Josue CGreat old fashioned Italian bakery. Excellent ricotta pie. Great option when the line of tourists at Mike's gets out of control.

    55555 by Josue C

  • Elleenget the fruit tart!

    33333 by Elleen

  • Traci S.Lemon squares were very disappointing. Pine nut and pistachio cookies were yummy, but my pastry standards are a little higher.

    55555 by Traci S.

  • Lafan RThe lobster tail tastes good but it's too big for one person

    33333 by Lafan R

  • Jeiran H.I thought it was just ok. I didn't have anything that I thought was absolutely amazing.

    33333 by Jeiran H.

  • Jared C.Custom cannolies!!!

    55555 by Jared C.

  • Reagan HanselmanI didn't think the cannoli was as amazing as everyone said it was...the best cannoli I've had is from Graffiato in Washington, D.C.

    55555 by Reagan Hanselman

  • Kellie LoebSo pretty it's is hard to choose!

    55555 by Kellie Loeb

  • Frederick Bernard S.Walk past any line and confirm that your selection is available and fresh. If so, get in line.

    55555 by Frederick Bernard S.

  • Dale AndrewsLobster Tails aren't on display but they'll make your tongue slap your brains out. Awesome.

    55555 by Dale Andrews

  • Johnny MangoBest Cannoli's in Boston !!!

    55555 by Johnny Mango

  • Karan MavaiLobster tail!

    33333 by Karan Mavai

  • Alex aBest cannolis in the north end! Go with traditional ricotta filling.

    55555 by Alex a

  • Gia C.I want the pumpkin cheesecake! but I think it's seasonal cause it was there In December but not February.

    55555 by Gia C.

  • Sofia P.They have a bar/restaurant in the basement. Go for trivia on Thursdays!

    55555 by Sofia P.

  • Frederick Bernard S.Lobster tail.

    33333 by Frederick Bernard S.

  • Emily Z.Black and white cookies!!!

    55555 by Emily Z.

  • Apeksha ShenoyHad the rum cake(?) and the napoleon. Unfortunately both cakes were too similar, same cream filling between wafers. I wish the person behind the counter had informed us before purchase.

    33333 by Apeksha Shenoy

  • John JBoston creme cupcake and strawberry cheesecake

    55555 by John J

  • Loren C.Come for the cannoli, leave with florentines, marzipan, jordan almonds, and sfogliatelle.

    55555 by Loren C.

  • Pauly G.The best pastry shop in the North End! Get the pistachio cookies and tri color cookies!

    55555 by Pauly G.

  • Ricky S.For my money they have the best cannoli in Boston. My guilty pleasure every time I am in town.

    55555 by Ricky S.

  • Cristina RuizThe mini cannoli is just the right size and sweetness. Crispy too!

    55555 by Cristina Ruiz

  • Nicholas PFresh piped cannolis are the way to go.

    55555 by Nicholas P

  • Megan RChocolate Filled Cannoli

    55555 by Megan R

  • David SteinBest canoli in Boston

    55555 by David Stein

  • Lynora DI had the cookies-pinoli, pistachio, almond macaroons but the cannoli is supposed to be the thing to get

    55555 by Lynora D

  • Jess EThey are cash only

    55555 by Jess E

  • ErmanLoong lines

    55555 by Erman

  • Sofia U.Boston staple, eat a lobster tail, drink cappuccino. Baron the lower level!

    55555 by Sofia U.

  • Keely C.Very busy at most hours, and a direct competitor to Mike's Pastry down the road. I personally get the ricotta pie and/or ricotta cookies during the holiday season!

    55555 by Keely C.

  • Geena EmilyEverything. Better than brooklyn. And I can't believe I just said that

    33333 by Geena Emily

  • Rafael R.Usualmente tiene mucha gente y es parecido al Mike's que está del otro lado de la calle. La cola es sólo para llevar. Le recomiendo tomar una mesa si sólo quiere probar. El canoli es la especialidad

    55555 by Rafael R.

  • Faris DA Must visit spot in Boston👍🏼

    55555 by Faris D

  • KristinCanolli with chocolate chips. Yum! Seating inside of you want to stay instead of taking your order to go.

    55555 by Kristin

  • Gabriela PIn general I am not a fan of cannoli. It was ok but not worthy to do the line. Lobster tail was good.

    33333 by Gabriela P

  • JonathanFantastic cannoli. Cash only!

    55555 by Jonathan

  • AmandaThe fruit tarts are delicious!! All the pastries are superb.

    55555 by Amanda

  • Miguel NHuge variety of options including a seemingly secluded bar and dining area downstairs!

    55555 by Miguel N

  • Sonia S.Napoleon was disappointing.

    22222 by Sonia S.

  • Jon D.Get the canolis!

    55555 by Jon D.

  • Carl C.The lobster tails are big enough to feed an army

    55555 by Carl C.

  • Juan Luis BoteroMini canoli

    55555 by Juan Luis Botero

  • Ingrid WongCannoli are much fresher tab Mike's. Their other Italian pastries such as the French horn are worth a try as well. It's difficult to not be tempted by the cake display...

    55555 by Ingrid Wong

  • JessicaThose cannolis 😍

    55555 by Jessica

  • Julie NamI want to get everything.

    55555 by Julie Nam

  • Joshua HaftelGood but I find the cannoli at Mike's to be superior.

    55555 by Joshua Haftel

  • Mike CallahanI prefer it to Mike's Pastry.

    55555 by Mike Callahan

  • A.D. RevelsCrowded, but worth it. The cannolis are amazing!

    55555 by A.D. Revels

  • Rob Z.The chocolate-dipped pistachio cannoli will make you the happiest. These are legit.

    55555 by Rob Z.

  • Nicholas H.Competes with Mike's Pastry, sometimes less busy, less selection of cannoli flavors.

    55555 by Nicholas H.

  • Anya Kolbaskocreme brûlée is amazing!!!!!!

    55555 by Anya Kolbasko

  • Natalia PflegerCannoli!! The best! Coffee is great too.

    55555 by Natalia Pfleger

  • Sue YeePastries and desserts

    55555 by Sue Yee

  • Chandra TEverywhere I go, I find a bakery.

    55555 by Chandra T

  • Gwen C.Get a traditional Boston Cream Pie in cupcake form! Delicious

    55555 by Gwen C.

  • Kristena R.If you're not a cannoli person, try their tiramisu, napoleons, and carrot cake.

    55555 by Kristena R.

  • S SI ❤️ the small ricotta filled cannoli

    33333 by S S

  • TV Food MapsCheck out Modern Pastry as seen on Sugar High

    55555 by TV Food Maps

  • Jen A.Pistachio macarons! The best!

    55555 by Jen A.

  • Blake SirachFrench Horns are delicious! Solid cannolis too-- the new expansion makes the interior more comfortable when it gets busy.

    55555 by Blake Sirach

  • Trevor ArnebergThey expanded! Cash only, smaller variety than Mikes, but I feel like its quality over quantity. Anything with PB was fantastic

    55555 by Trevor Arneberg

  • Chefs FeedMark Goldberg, chef of Park, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Cannoli.

    55555 by Chefs Feed

  • Brendan R.Best cannoli in Boston, but the real show stopper is the lobster tail stuffed to the gills with cream. It's a meal.

    55555 by Brendan R.

  • Sharon Z.Made a name for itself despite the competition from Mike's, the lines are much shorter and the new location is brighter and more spacious.

    55555 by Sharon Z.

  • Alex H.The best cannoli I've ever had.

    55555 by Alex H.

  • Piqui B.The beat canolis anywhere.

    55555 by Piqui B.

  • Johnny A.Best cannoli in the North End.

    55555 by Johnny A.

  • Matt M.Molto disorganizziato!

    55555 by Matt M.

  • Jason B.Cannoli, always cannoli, and nowhere does it better than Modern Pastry.

    55555 by Jason B.

  • Trevor N.Mike's has significantly more cannoli flavors to choose from. Modern has more pastry options in general.

    55555 by Trevor N.

  • Ally G.Yum. So good so many pastries

    55555 by Ally G.

  • KristinCheck your order before you leave. We paid for a dozen, but only got 9 :(

    22222 by Kristin

  • maryBest whoppie pies in boston :) they only take cash so come prepared.

    55555 by mary

  • Emma JLove this place been coming my whole life

    55555 by Emma J

  • Dave N.Ask for the "lobster tail," or at least get the filling in something else, and the nougat is life-changing.

    33333 by Dave N.

  • Julia M.Order the chocolate-dipped cannoli with the traditional ricotta filling & chocolate chips.

    55555 by Julia M.

  • Jackie A.Chocolate dipped with ricotta

    55555 by Jackie A.

  • MacTry the pastries!!!!!

    55555 by Mac

  • Renz N.I haven't tasted Mike's pastry so I can't compare the cannolis. It's good though. The lobster tail is overwhelmingly big!

    55555 by Renz N.

  • NadineJust get the lobster tail, it's enough for 3-4 people. Screw the Cannoli unless it's your thing.

    33333 by Nadine

  • Jade A.Get the ricotta filled traditional canoli, best in Boston!

    55555 by Jade A.

  • Carlo M.Expect long lines especially on weekends.

    55555 by Carlo M.

  • AnthonyGreat food getting pricey

    55555 by Anthony

  • Angela Z.Only four cannoli flavors (ricotta vanilla chocolate and one other I can't recall) but less sweet than mikes and better

    55555 by Angela Z.

  • BeccaModern is way better than mike's for cannolis and it's cheaper!

    55555 by Becca

  • Nathan L.In, and out. No line. Make sure you know what you want.

    33333 by Nathan L.

  • Xin MNapoleon and gelato are awesome

    55555 by Xin M

  • Don N.Yummy tasty. Pies and pastries are quite excellent

    55555 by Don N.

  • David RGot a slice of rum cake. Can't wait to get home to try it. Looks good

    55555 by David R

  • Kyle C.Totally rude, kicked us out cause we ordered at the counter and sat down and didn't pay the "table tax". We did not know the tables were for service only, we offered to pay the "table tax", no go.

    11111 by Kyle C.

  • AlohaKarinaWalk in, close your eyes, and take a deep breath. That divine smell is the smell of an authentic Italian pasticceria. Mike's is nice, but Modern Pastry is better. It's like getting a treat with Nonna!

    55555 by AlohaKarina

  • Kirk L.Give the slight nod to Modern over Mike's. Both respectable cannoli though neither in the league of Termini Bros in South Philly.

    55555 by Kirk L.

  • Ashley A.The cannoli was amazing and filled to order! It was definitely local and the staff was friendly! Much tastier and nice than the angry old Italian women at Mike's!

    55555 by Ashley A.

  • Paul GIf your lookin for sumthin nice to snack on, I suggest you grab "Yourself" a DozeN Cannoli's (get a few with chocolate chips) and make sure you get them all doused with PowdA SugaR<>PKB<>

    55555 by Paul G

  • Eric O.Raspberry truffle. That's all.

    55555 by Eric O.

  • Sousa L.Staff is really friendly

    55555 by Sousa L.

  • Dana C.Pignoli cookies and pistachio cookies are to die for!!

    55555 by Dana C.

  • Lisa S.Cannolis are NEVER pre-filled. Your cannoli will be filled only after you order.

    33333 by Lisa S.

  • Cory O.Get a Lobster Tail. It's an experience you've got to see (and taste) to believe.

    33333 by Cory O.

  • Cassandra M.Better than Mike's

    55555 by Cassandra M.

  • Jake S.Come early, avoid the line, have a delicious reward for the end of the day. I suggest the tiramisu.

    55555 by Jake S.

  • Satori N.Service staff seemed confused. Friend waited in line for 10 minutes to be served, while staff helped everyone around her.

    22222 by Satori N.

  • Angela Q.Chocolate macaroons are delish!!

    55555 by Angela Q.

  • BU TodayTry an amaretto (two layers of Italian sponge cake soaked in rum & amaretto liquors, filled with creamy vanilla custard) or a ricotta pie (sweetened ricotta cheese baked in pasta frolla pastry dough).

    55555 by BU Today

  • Princess P.The line is long for a reason...it's good.s

    33333 by Princess P.

  • Simon K.Delicious Cannolis after Saturday pre Mothers Day lunch!! (my spelling is probably horrific) . Wife had a chocolate eclair which was also delish. Finally got to go to… (4 of 4 petals via Fondu)

    55555 by Simon K.

  • Alwyn V.Try the Canoli And Ricotta Pie - The pie was out if this world so smooth, creamy and sweet while the canola with their crunch shells gave you something to sink your teeth into!

    55555 by Alwyn V.

  • Eleanor M.Get the cannolli.

    33333 by Eleanor M.

  • Jason R.It's worth the wait, especially for any if the ricotta desserts.

    55555 by Jason R.

  • Matt W.Cash only!

    55555 by Matt W.

  • Monica G.Amazing ricotta pie! Best I've ever had!!

    55555 by Monica G.

  • Shanley TBest cannoli!

    55555 by Shanley T

  • Jenny M.The lobster tails could feed at least a couple people each. Their truffles are to die for. Can't really go wrong here, and the line is usually much more manageable than Mike's.

    55555 by Jenny M.

  • Lauren G.Best ricotta pie!! Better than Mikes. Trust me. Cash only.

    55555 by Lauren G.

  • Ashley B.Come here for the lobster tails (a delicious pastry) and the homemade torrone... yum! Italian cookies by the pound are also fab.

    55555 by Ashley B.

  • Keith V.The cannolis are the worst I've tasted, stale shell, bland filling. Mikes Pastry is way better, and the best in the North End.

    33333 by Keith V.

  • Emily L.Best. Cannoli. EVER. Don't let Mike's fool you.

    55555 by Emily L.

  • Kyle C.Don't go to Mike's. Modern Pastry Shop has the best cannoli in Boston.

    55555 by Kyle C.

  • Sabrina R.Lobster tail for two.

    55555 by Sabrina R.

  • schneidermike s.Whoopee Pies are 1337

    55555 by schneidermike s.

  • Kyle C.Get the pistachio torrone!

    55555 by Kyle C.

  • Marcus S.Best Lobster Tail outside of Italy! Plus it's enough for two people!

    55555 by Marcus S.

  • Natalie A.Way better than mikes :-)

    55555 by Natalie A.

  • Maybelle DMmm cannolis!!

    55555 by Maybelle D

  • Clown F.Crappy tip says they DON'T accept cash. D'oh! They ONLY accept cash.

    22222 by Clown F.

  • David W.Try to figure out what u want before they help you will keep the line moving

    55555 by David W.

  • Marybeth C.Who doesnt like dessert?

    55555 by Marybeth C.

  • Mark M.sorry modern, go to mike's

    55555 by Mark M.

  • Lindsay S.I like this place better than mikes. I always get the cannoli!

    55555 by Lindsay S.

  • Jesse M.awesome desserts

    55555 by Jesse M.

  • JennDon't go on Sundays. Waited in line for almost 45 minutes just for one cannoli. Adult women get overly excited in line.

    22222 by Jenn

  • Clown F.We've tried half-moon cookies at every place on Hanover Street. Modern's are best, followed by Lyndell's. Don't bother with Mike's.

    55555 by Clown F.

  • Matthew G.Go to Mike's. That way the line here will be shorter.

    33333 by Matthew G.

  • Joe D.the creme brulee is so good you will weep!

    55555 by Joe D.

  • Redwan H.The cannolis are definitely not worth the wait, which can be up to 45min. Crust is stale and filling is bland.

    33333 by Redwan H.

  • Michael L.Lobster tail is the best and only 4 bucks! Canoli is fresh unlike mikes who's sit in the case waiting.

    55555 by Michael L.

  • Broderick D.Much better than Mike's, and they ONLY accept cash. Great staff, awesome strawberry shortcake!

    55555 by Broderick D.

  • Ryan Cdamn good!

    55555 by Ryan C

  • Jack P.Tourist trap just like Mike's. They don't accept cash.

    22222 by Jack P.

  • F JHonestly, the freshest, and tastiest pastry in all of MA. (also their Medford store) They've been making my bday cake for 50 yrs! Ciao Pina and John!

    55555 by F J

  • Keith GetchellModern pastry is 10x the mikes pastry tourist trap. Right across the street

    33333 by Keith Getchell

  • Jack STry the whippy pie, it is excellent!

    55555 by Jack S

  • Jeffery B.Best cannoli in Boston...perhaps the USA! Don't miss the Lobster Tails!!!

    55555 by Jeffery B.

  • Stacie A.Best berry tart! Cream filling slightly lemony superb!

    55555 by Stacie A.

  • Rob C.Been going here for 46 years. Best cannoli in the world.

    55555 by Rob C.

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