Breaking news: Benedict Cumberbatch ate his first cannoli in Boston


Over the weekend, we got an email from a Bostonian Cumberbitch asking for our help in Cumberstalking the Batch in Boston. I wish we could help! For what it’s worth, it seems like the Boston papers are keeping tabs on Benedict, and the paparazzi seem to find him at least once or twice a week, so that’s something. And now People Mag is getting in the mix. For what it’s worth, this People Mag article probably didn’t come from a Cumberbitch. I think the owner of a local Boston restaurant just wanted some press, so they leaked some information to People. Anyway, BREAKING NEWS: Benedict Cumberbatch ate a cannoli. FOR REAL.

Johnny Depp isn’t the only member of the Black Mass cast enjoying the food in Boston. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch headed to Boston’s Italian neighborhood, the North End, on Saturday, where he ate his first-ever cannoli.

Cumberbatch, along with his Black Mass costars including Joel Edgerton and Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemmons, headed to the popular Modern Pastry for coffee and cannolis after dinner on Saturday evening. For his first foray into the Modern’s specialty, Cumberbatch chose a plain ricotta cannoli.

Earlier on Saturday, Benedict and friends dined family-style at Carmelina’s on Hanover Street, where they feasted on meatballs, exploding clams, asparagus baked with quail egg and shaved parmesan and black garlic beef.

“He’s a great guy,” said Carmelina’s owner/chef Damien DiPaola, who has a small role in the film. “He’s a gentleman. He was so happy to be in the North End. He loved the atmosphere.”

DiPaola said that the movie stars weren’t stingy with the staff at Carmelina’s, either.

“They were excellent tippers,” said DiPaola. “The staff was very happy.”

Cumberbatch has been keeping a pretty low profile in his off-hours while filming Black Mass, in which he stars as Billy Bulger, the brother of infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. Last week, he was spotted hanging at the bar at Sonsie Cafe and chatting with the film’s crew between takes outside the Harvard Club.

[From People]

That sounds like so much food. Then again, there were three dudes stuffing their faces, so it’s not like Benedict wandered into a restaurant solo and demanded that they bring him one of everything. Exploding clams and cannolis, stat!! I like Italian food a lot, so I don’t know why Benedict didn’t invite me. I totally would have gone with him for some meatballs and “black garlic beef.” MMmmm. And I’m glad to hear they were good tippers too. What would you do if you were waiting on Benedict Cumberbatch? I would lose my sh-t I think. I probably would bring him everything on the menu.



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  1. Jessi says:

    I had the briefest mental image of him seductively licking cream off his fingers…and then I lost consciousness.

    But really, award for most pointless article ever written about a celebrity might be that one. Congrats, People.

  2. Erinn says:

    I have never had a cannoli – I think I may need to try to make some. They look and sound delicious.

  3. Sighs says:

    First: hilarious headline. Love it.
    Second: how do you get to be that age and never have a cannoli?
    Third: what is an exploding clam? That sounds dangerous.

  4. Jaderu says:

    How is he keeping a low profile if I know that he was eating exploding clams on Hanover street?
    “Exploding Clams on Hanover Street” sounds like a title of a Hardy Boys mystery by the way.

    • Duri says:

      Him and the cast are trying their best to be low prifile. So it’s not his fault that the restaurant owner had the urge to open his mouth on twitter and write what all happened and also posted a pic with all the crew and actors who came by.

      It’s not hard for the People mag reporters to find those tweets and then contact the owner who would with pleasure say all the details as it will help his business.

  5. Eleonor says:

    Oh Benedict honey you could have said you’re into Italian food. I am Italian, if you marry me I’ll cook you the hell out of my kitchen, I promise.

  6. GeeMoney says:

    I don’t see why this is news… but I can’t complain. Benedict is the best!

  7. PunkyMomma says:

    My Otter loves his bivalves. Exploding or not. (I’m going a million lewd places with Cumby and exploding clams.)

  8. SophieK says:

    Never had a cannoli, huh? Oh-kay…well, I hope his first one was a good one. ;-) I’m Italian and I’ve some pretty bad cannolis that can make a person never want another one. Never has an exploding clam myself. That’s a new one for me.

    LOL at this whole story though. It’s like they’re digging for any excuse to write something about Ben.

  9. Allison says:

    Batch and Lance are hanging out??!?! Do I have enough Southwest points to fly to Boston?

  10. MaddieH says:

    Am I the only one thinking this story was planted by his publicist to show that he is not as stingy as it it was rumored?

  11. Ag says:

    “had his first cannoli.” is that an euphemism?

  12. LucyStarr says:

    I can see why they might’ve gone to Modern Pastry instead of Mike’s – Mike’s is a total tourist trap, but their cannolis really are to die for. You have to wait in line for an hour sometimes to get one.

    Now I want cannolis.

  13. Kiddo says:

    I hope there is a later update as to how effective his bowel movements were following his foray into new food. We can’t know enough, people!

  14. 'P'enny says:

    “TH-Bomb or not to TH-Bomb” that is the question ;-) week to filming Lilacflowers, and to our rest of our joint TH/BC lovers.

    But, I am still waiting for johnny Depp and Benedict go clubbing, dancing, and shaking the tree story. I think these two will get on great, Johnny has a british sense of humour. Want that pic of them hugging but no Johnny in bald head pic.

  15. InvaderTak says:

    Is it officially a slow celebrity news day now? lol love Benny Le Batch, but yeesh.

  16. Stellainnh says:

    My daughter is distraught at the news because she had planned to go on a cumberhunt this past weekend with friends and it fell through. She does have back up plans and I will keep you posted if she catches the cumberbatch. Modern Pastry is one of the manditory stops whenever we are in Boston. The cannolis are wonderful there.

  17. Green Eyes says:

    Holy craparoni! Was this on Saturday? My friend went to the North End with her mom on Saturday afternoon and ate at Carmelina’s and had dessert at Modern! She doesn’t know who Le Batch is so I shouldn’t even bother asking her if she saw him. But that is too weird…

  18. Maria of MD says:

    CANNOLI!!!! Good stuff.

  19. Miss Jupitero says:

    I used to live on the North End! *bounce*

    Cannoli is a way of life there.

  20. Sunflower the grammar nanny says:

    Came to see if there was a new thread today and this one did not disappoint!

  21. Green Girl says:

    I’m just glad to hear he’s a good tipper!

    I can’t imagine being a server to the stars, though. I guess after awhile you just get used to it, but I would seriously be a wreck if I had to wait on some of the celebrities I really like, especially if it’s in a restaurant that’s not exactly a celebrity spot.

  22. bookwormfoodie says:

    So much funny with this story! I really hope that when we get a glimpse of John’s computer screen during the next season of Sherlock that it shows “Holy Cannoli!: The Mysterious Case of the Exploding Clams”. I’m so relieved to know that BC is no longer a cannoli virgin.

  23. Lilacflowers says:

    Wait just one second! Coffee? Does the above say he drank COFFEE? Coffee? In the North End of Boston? I cry FOUL!!! I’m not sure coffee is served in the North End. Cappuccino or Espresso, yes; but nothing as mundane as coffee.

  24. Sacred And Profane says:

    Singular: Cannolo.
    Plural: Cannoli.
    No “s” required.

    I was very pleased to read Joel Edgerton was there. He’s such a lovely bloke, and a great actor.

  25. Felice says:

    I honestly thought that he could’ve gone to Lady Gaga’s Boston show but I guess that was a one-off thing

  26. Ellen says:

    Man gets good he might of had before ….. Hmm not exactly news is it?

    • neverland says:

      I did a double-take when I saw this in the news feed, but I suppose we can’t complain too much. These threads are as much about the commenters’ conversations as the celeb news so it could be anything really. Having said that there’s still a couple of BC threads open which don’t have many comments at all, so it’s not like we were gasping for one.