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Mike's Pastry aims to bring its cannoli to Harvard Square this spring

Posted by Brock Parker  January 28, 2014 10:55 AM

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Iconic North End shop Mike's Pastry is hoping to open at the site of the old Topaz jewelry store in Harvard Square by late spring or early summer. Photo by Brock Parker.

After more than 67 years with a single location in Boston’s North End, Mike’s Pastry is looking to open a second shop in Harvard Square as soon as late spring.

The family-run pastry shop known for its cannoli and blue-and-white pastry boxes is hoping to expand on its success on Hanover Street with a new takeout shop in heart of Harvard Square.

The pastry shop has signed a lease at 11 Dunster Street behind the Cambridge Savings Bank near "The Pit" in the Square, and could open as soon as late May or early June.

Mike's Pastry general manager Angelo Papa, who is the stepson of the shop’s late founder Michael Mercogliano, said the North End shop has been doing business with Harvard University and MIT for years, and that has contributed to the decision to open a second location in Cambridge.

“We’ve heard for years, come here, come here,” Papa said.

Papa said everything in the Harvard Square location would be made by Mike’s Pastry in Boston and delivered fresh each day.

The pastry shop will be about 1,100 square feet and with only six seats it will focus on takeout orders. Along with its signature handmade cannoli, the shop will serve up other favorites from Italian cookies, to muffins, scones, croissants, turnovers and coffee.

The shop still needs a special permit and a license from the city and will go before Cambridge’s Board of Zoning Appeal Thursday night for a fast order food special permit. Monday night the business garnered the support from the city’s Harvard Square Advisory Committee.

While the Dunster Street shop would be only the second location for Mike’s, Papa said the business has been shipping directly to customers across the country for years.

Customers crowd into the Hanover Street location, which has been open since 1946, and Papa said he’s hoping he can bring a bit of that North End experience to Cambridge.

“You can go buy a cannoli wherever you want, but you can’t buy my cannoli,” Papa said.

--brock.parker@globe.com

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