Formaggio Kitchen BBQ
We were at Formaggio's on Saturday around lunchtime to pick up a few things and couldn't resist trying lunch at their sidewalk barbecue. Even if it hadn't just gotten a recommendation in Best of Boston, it would have been hard to pass up the giant charcoal grill and platters of food. We split a Pearly dog, which was a half-pound of juicy hot dog, nicely grilled on a grilled ciabatta bun and slathered with grilled onions and peppers. Mmmm! Coleslaw was quite good as well, as was the slightly fizzy lemon/limeade they were selling.
I'd definitely go back (they're open for another 7 weekends) to try the delicious-smelling pulled pork and lamb. The smoked chicken and ribs also looked great, and I regretted not being hungry enough to try the baked beans, which were simmering in a cauldron on top of the grill. Expect a line, though, and get there early -- they sold out of some items (the philly cheesesteak) in the first thirty minutes. Oh - there's also grilled corn and peaches.
I adore the Saturday BBQs at Formaggio. The philly cheesesteak is delicious. What makes it so special is the cheese concoction that is poured ontop of the meat. This past week, I tried the sloppy joe which was also mouth wateringly great. Spicy ground meat that was heated on the grill. The cheesy mixture poured on top - all on top of a ciabetta.
Besides the 1/2 lb pearls, there are also 1/4 niman ranch dogs, ribs, half chickens, pulled chicken, pulled pork, pulled lamb, slaw, corn, peaches, beans and chili. The menu changes every week but the basics are always there (dogs, pulled meat, slaw and beans).
The line is long but it's always entertaining to watch Kurt (the new Jason) and Ross do their schitck.