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Jul 31, 2003 03:26 PM

Gourmet/Cheese Shop in Boston

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I am sending a friend a wedding gift (her Michael Aram cheese board and knife). To make it a little more personal, I bought her a great book on cheeses and now I would like to add a gift certificate toa gourmet/cheese shop in Boston- near Newberry??? What is teh best?

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  1. Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge is likely the best. It's sister store. South End Formaggio is located at 268 Shawmut Ave, which isn't far from Back Bay/Newbury.

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    1. re: Dax

      They have a web page also. I'm pretty sure you can order things online.


      1. re: Dax

        Arguably the best cheese shop in the country...

        1. re: StriperGuy
          Queen of Hearts

          Withold the title of "best cheese shop in the country" until you've been to the Cheeseboard in Berkeley. Not only do they have a wonderful and diverse selection of cheese, it's also an amazing bakery (which really is a beautiful combination to have in one store).

          1. re: Queen of Hearts

            The Cheeseboard in Berkeley cannot hold a candle to Formaggio's. Cheeseboard has great breads, great prices, and a great attitude, but they do not know the first thing about affinage. They do not handle cheeses particularly well, and do not have a particularly strong selection of rarer cheeses. Formaggio's properly stores and ages cheese, which very few retailers in the US know how to do.

            And the poster who said to make the trek to Cambridge was correct. Generally a better selection, and cheeses in better condition with more knowledgable staff.

            1. re: Ed Baum

              Just to show what a fanatic Isfan Gurdal (sp?) the proprietor of Formaggio is, he built a cheese cave in the basement of the shop!

              1. re: StriperGuy

                ihsan travels constantly, meeting with the cheesemakers themselves and their herds. he has also sent some of his own employees to his alma mater, neals yard dairy, to learn more about cheese(s).

            2. re: Queen of Hearts

              I don't know of another cheese shop that even comes close to Formaggio in terms of loving care for the cheeses, and rare cheeses that are just plain unavailable anywhere else in the U.S.

              Formaggio Kitchen is truly unique and special.

          2. re: Dax

            The sister store doesn't have the same selection, unfortunately... definitely worth the trek to Cambridge.

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            1. Bocco's Wine and Cheese is closer to the Back Bay.


              But, any cheese lover would be delighted with Formaggio's.

              No need to go the internet route in Boston.


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                1. re: BostonZest

                  Unless the OP is sending a tenth anniversary gift, the call to Boccos probably isn't necessary.

                  Boccos isn't in the same league as Formaggio, anyway.