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Food: North End Showcases European Culture

Got garlic? If not, you’ll find plenty in Boston’s North End. The pungent aroma of this flavorful herb will give your olfactory glands a workout for sure, and you won’t have to move a muscle. All you have to do is stand on any street corner and inhale. Little wonder, given the inexhaustible supply of Italian restaurants lining the North End’s streets. And every one of them is shouting “Mangia!”

The North End is rich in food, culture and history and is as European as it gets this side of the Atlantic. Store windows are showcases for wheels of yellow cheese, spicy salami in natural casings and vibrantly colored marzipan, not to mention cannolis. Italians living outside of Boston come here to shop for hard-to-find delicacies specific to holidays like Christmas and Easter. Read Full Story

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