Michele Topor, Inc.

Zerve Seller: MicheleTopor

A professional chef by training, Michele is one of Boston's leading authorities on Italian food, wine and culture. She is the recipient of numerous professional diplomas from, among others, Marcella Hazan, Giuliano Bugialli and Madeleine Kamman.

As a 40 year plus resident of Boston’s North End, Michele designed The North End Market Tour to introduce her cooking class participants to her neighborhood and sources for authentic Italian ingredients. Since 1994, Michele and her personally trained guides have shared their passion for the food and wine of Italy on this walking cooking class. In 2006, the Chinatown Market Tour was added to acquaint her audience with yet another of Boston's colorful ethnic enclaves.

The tours have been featured on television - including Travel Channel, TVFood Network, HGTV and CNN, on the radio, and in various national and international publications.

Join us on a culinary walking tour of Boston's "Little Italy" (North End) and Chinatown, and let us be your passport to unlocking the secrets of the world's healthiest cuisines.
2,964 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 12 29 1 = 28 92% 4.6
Last 6 months 63 164 2 = 162 97% 4.7
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Sat, Mar 14  2:00 PM Female Unspecified Local Family Without Children
Attended: North End Market Tour
My husband and I were joined but our sons and daughter-in-law for a fabulous (but rainy) afternoon exploring the "hidden secrets" of the North End. Beth, our wonderful tour guide was fun, flexible and so knowledgable about the history, community and food that the afternoon flew by. We loved sampling some of the delights available in the shops, while learing about the differences in the products from olive oils and balsamic vinegars to breads, vegitables, amazing pasteries. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this tour to anyone who loves Italian food and culture. We will definitely go back to the North End and spend more time.
Rating: 4
Informative tour
Sat, Feb 28  2:00 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Attended: North End Market Tour
I thought the tour was very interesting and the guide was very knowledgable about the North End area. We did get to try small tasters in a few of the venues we visited, however as it was a foodie tour there could have been more food! It felt like there was a lot of talking about food before we actually tried some. It would have been nice to sit down in a few more of the venues and enjoy a little pizza or pasta. But overall, this is a good way to get to know where to buy food in the North End.
Rating: 5
Great and interesting experience!!!
Sat, Feb 14  2:00 PM Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: North End Market Tour
We were only a Group of 2, maybe because of the weather conditions in Boston. We had a great time. Beth was a great tour guide,. She gave us much Information. The tour took 3 hours and wasn't boring at any time.

Beth gave us some valuable recommendations on restaurants and shops.

We will definetely come back to do the China Town tour.

Thanks to Michel and her Team for this outstanding experience!
Rating: 2
Outside tour means the weather matters
Sat, Jan 31  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: North End Market Tour
Wind chills were -10 below and 3 hours walking outside was too cold

I lose out on the money for this tour so don't book too early until you know the weather conditions
Michele Topor, Inc. responded:
Thank you for your feedback regarding last Saturday. Since our tours are conducted inside the various shops, and not outdoors, we rarely cancel them. In extreme conditions, when we feel people's safety is in danger, we do cancel tours. Last Saturday was cold, no doubt about it, and windchills were below zero in the morning. By the time lunchtime arrived, the sun was out and the participants on our Chinatown Tour were commenting about how pleasant it felt in the sun.

We are sorry that you waited to contact us with your concerns. By the time that you did, our tour guide was already on a long commute in to conduct the tour, and we were obligated to pay her for a tour that never happened. We are always willing to address people's concerns about the weather, but ask that they contact us early enough so that we can either cancel the tour, or re-sell their tickets.
Rating: 5
interesting and informative
Sat, Jan 24  9:30 AM Male 50-59 Local Other
Attended: Boston Chinatown Market Tour
Enjoyed the China town walk very much. The guide Jacqueline was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. would highly recommend for anyone looking for an inside look at China town.