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Gourmet/Cheese Shop in Boston

Audra Jul 31, 2003 03:26 PM

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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    Dax RE: Audra Jul 31, 2003 03:31 PM

    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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      horrible RE: Dax Jul 31, 2003 06:29 PM

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

      Link: http://www.formaggiokitchen.com

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        StriperGuy RE: Dax Jul 31, 2003 08:35 PM

        Arguably the best cheese shop in the country...

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          Queen of Hearts RE: StriperGuy Jul 31, 2003 11:22 PM

          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
            Ed Baum RE: Queen of Hearts Aug 1, 2003 06:45 PM

            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.

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              StriperGuy RE: Ed Baum Aug 1, 2003 10:10 PM

              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!

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                dchow RE: StriperGuy Aug 3, 2003 01:36 AM

                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
              StriperGuy RE: Queen of Hearts Aug 1, 2003 10:15 PM

              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.

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            Alex S RE: Dax Jul 31, 2003 10:00 PM

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

          3. BostonZest RE: Audra May 5, 2013 04:13 AM

            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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              Gabatta RE: BostonZest May 5, 2013 04:59 AM

              10 year old thread

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                C. Hamster RE: BostonZest May 5, 2013 05:57 AM

                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.

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