|Mike's Pastry cannolis (photo by Eric)|
Mike's Pastry, a classic North End of Boston, Mass., Italian bakery now has a second spot at 11 Dunster St. that began operation in mid-November. It's new storefront is a logical expansion that brings a much-needed local bakery presence to Harvard Square. Surprisingly, Harvard Square has only a few bakeries. Finale, Insomnia Cookies and Market in the Square do have excellent baked goods, but Mike's brings a unique, time-tested Italian bakery business to the Harvard University area and surrounding residential neighborhoods. Since Harvard Square is so densely populated -- especially during the academic year -- Mike's arrival adds another sweet layer to the baked goods scene without encroaching upon the few baked goods shops with their own unique identities.
Mike's new business here helps tip the scales in the right direction -- that is, shop local, buy local! One ongoing complaint I've had with Harvard Square is that it's becoming more distant from its local neighborhood vibe that made it so special in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Recently, many food and retail chains have saturated Harvard Square, and while some of them are of high quality, the one-of-a-kind feeling has gone. Yes, Mike's could now be called a chain with a second location, but is still small enough to be defined as more local than corporate. Even if it was more the latter, there's no denying the greatness of its cannolis, biscotti, torrone, cakes and cookies. The Harvard Square location is also convenient, too, as the North End parking situation can be a real bear. Harvard Square parking is no day at the beach, either, but there always seems to be a way to find a spot.
On the downside, Mike's in Cambridge is not open 24 hours like the North End location. Hours posted on Yelp state it's open until 10 to 11:30 p.m. depending upon what day of the week. Still, the hours are good enough to pick and choose the time of the day to indulge in one this areas best selection of Italian baked goods!
Mike's Pastry is located at 11 Dunster St., Cambridge MA. Tel. (617) 742-3050