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Watching the 2010 World Cup in North End

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The 2006 crowd outside the old Hanover St. Caffe Graffiti. The cafe has moved to Cross Street.  (Photo by jen_m_stewart on Flickr.)

As always, the North End is a popular destination to watch the World Cup. Boston.com lists several destinations throughout the city, highlighting two in the neighborhood at Café Dello Sport on Hanover St. and the new Caffe Graffiti on Cross Street. Although, most any North End restaurant or café with a TV will likely be showing the games.

CAFE DELLO SPORT
308 Hanover St., Boston
617-523-5063, www.cafedellosport.us
Hours: Mon-Thur. 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Ambiance: Loud and raucous during games
Number of TV screens: 6
Biggest screen: 60 inches
Crowd favorites: Italy
Memorable Cup moment: Italy’s victory in 2006
Why watch here: Boost your soccer IQ. Manager-owner Mike Spencer says “99.9 percent’’ of those who come for Cup action are very knowledgeable.

CAFFE DI GRAFFITI
64 Cross St., Boston
617-367-3016, www.caffegraffiti.com
Hours: 8 a.m.-midnight every day
Ambiance: Loud and Italian-proud
Number of TV screens: 4
Biggest screen: 65 inches
Crowd favorites: Italy, USA
Memorable Cup moment: General manager Luigi DeMarco describes Italy’s 2006 win as “probably one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen in my life.’’
Why watch here: Exclusive World Cup menu of sandwiches and entrees, new outdoor patio seating.

Crowds spill onto the street after Italy’s 2006 World Cup victory. (Photo: j_nelly on Flickr.)

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