Best of Boston 2012 in North End: Modern Pastry, Antico Forno, Caffe Paradiso, Neptune Oyster & High Gear Jewelry

We picked up a copy of the Best of Boston 2012, the annual awards put out by Boston Magazine and updated our North End / Waterfront listing as follows. Congrats to the winners!

Neighborhood Eats
Antico Forno, 93 Salem St.
“Dining at a lively North End restaurant doesn’t have to mean slurping spaghetti in tight quarters. In fact, Antico Forno is spacious enough to accommodate a weeknight impulse visit, family in tow.”

Bakery – Sweets
Modern Pastry, 257 Hanover St.
“In business for more than 70 years, this North End landmark continues to offer a delicious dose of Old World baking charm.”

Boston Classics – Cannoli
Caffe Paradiso, 255 Hanover St.
“The shell of the cannoli there is light and flaky, the ricotta filling is smooth and sweet and the whole thing is sent over the edge by a dunk in chocolate.”

Jewelry – Costume
High Gear, 204 Hanover St.
“When we want affordable, knock-’em out baubles to complement a party getup or snazzy work ensemble, we hit High Gear.

Raw Bar
Neptune Oyster – 63 Salem St.
“Once seated, go ahead and savor every briny slurp and satisfying crack of the claw, all while giving the folks still in line a supportive nod, that yes, it is worth waiting for.”