Michelle Topor does it right. Her three-hour tour of Boston’s North End mixes food, culture and history in a most delightful way. Among things you’ll learn: how successive waves of newcomers have made the North End the oldest continuously-occupied area in the United States, the difference between an American-Italian restaurant and an Authentically Italian one, how to tell a male eggplant from a female one (and why you should care).
Torpor also offers a Chinatown Market tour. Both are excellent, but given a choice, we like pasta better than rice. In both cases, go hungry. Tastings are plentiful.