A lobster roll that tips the scales

The 14- and 7-ounce lobster rolls served by Paul Barker (inset) at Pauli’s in the North End.
The 14- and 7-ounce lobster rolls served by Paul Barker (inset) at Pauli’s in the North End. Credit: Photos by Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

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Pauli’s, a sleek Italian sandwich shop down narrow Salem Street in the North End, serves a hefty lobster roll ($14.99), the kind in the top-loading bun. “A lot of [places] do five, six ounces,” a man preparing the roll tells me. “We’re closer to eight.” It’s officially listed at seven ounces. The place also makes a lobster sub, which owner Paul Barker calls the largest lobster roll in Massachusetts, in which you get double the meat.

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