Holy Cannoli

An Italian bakery that serves it up all day—and night

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ometimes you just need a fresh-baked cannoli at 3 in the morning. Good thing A. Bova & Sons bakery is open 24 hours a day with a huge selection of just-made breads, pastries, cakes and cookies. If you choose to pass on the tiramisu, neapolitans, black-and-white cookies, and cream puffs, you also can’t go wrong with the pizza, subs, and calzones served until 3 a.m. (The standout: the spinach-and-cheese calzone.) Family owned and operated for three generations, Bova’s is a good place to go to escape from the more touristy venues of the North End. The retro-looking sign declares it the place for the North End’s “famous” Italian bread, but this mom-and-pop joint will feel like your little secret. Moskal

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Early-to-bed Boston has been restricting the number of businesses allowed to stay open all night. Even Bova’s was told by the Licensing Board to stop serving pizza after 3 a.m. and limit its sales to bakery products.

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