RIP Michael Mercogliano, Owner of Mike's Pastry

A rare moment without a line. Photo: Facebook/Mike's

Sad news today: Cannoli king Michael Mercogliano, owner of North End landmark Mike's Pastry, has passed away. Family posted this update on the shop's Facebook page yesterday: "It is with the deepest sadness and sorrow that we announce the death of the grandfather, father, husband, the Owner of Mikes Pastry, Mr.Michael Mercogliano. We will love and miss you everyday!"

The Globe reports that the death was unexpected, with one employee saying that phones are ringing off the hook and that staff are just trying to muddle through. He was 90 years old and had lived in the North End since he was 12. Thanks, Mike, for making the neighborhood a little bit sweeter. [Globe, FB]