A guide to local favorites in Central Square
- By Peggy Hernandez
- Photos by Iaritza Menjivar
Central Square used to be the gritty, orphaned neighborhood between Harvard University and MIT in Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston. It’s still a bit gritty, despite new development. Yet, a number of longtime businesses have thrived, and some excellent new restaurants have opened. More commercial than residential — we see you, Target and CVS — the area is culturally and economically diverse. Some balance will be restored when Toscanini’s, a revered ice cream shop, reopens after the landlord completes a boutique hotel project.
Meet Peggy Hernandez
Peggy is a California transplant who intended to stay only two years. Then: good job + marriage + multiple moves (including to London and Tokyo). The family returned to Boston in 2005. She really does like the weather.
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