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Aug 7, 2010 04:14 PM

Formaggio BBQ

I managed to get to the saturday grill that Formaggio Kitchen has for the first time today. We went rather early (11:30) so there was not much of a queue. Between three of us we had two small pulled pork sandwiches, one small beef brisket sandwich, half a rack of (pork) ribs, and a side of corn bread and coleslaw. With a soda and a modest tip it came to $35.

The pulled pork and brisket were amazing -- the best I've had in the Boston area, including Blue Ribbon. Very, very tasty and tender. The ribs, despite being the most expensive item, were the most disappointing. This was in relation to the pulled pork and brisket mind. I would rate them as good, but not in any way outstanding, and the ribs at blue ribbon are far superior. The house rub on the ribs, was rather tasty though. The corn bread was OK (what more can one say) and the 'slaw was refreshing (no mayo) but not spectacular.

And in terms of value: well, writing this over 7 hours after eating, I'm still very much full, so I would rate that as extremely good value.

Will definitely try to come again in the near future.


Formaggio Kitchen
244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

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  1. My wife and I also went for the first time this Saturday. I grew up in Memphis and have pretty high standards for BBQ. Formaggio was excellent, the best I've had in this area -- better than Blue Ribbon, way better than Redbones. I wouldn't call it authentic (it wasn't Memphis-style, nor did it claim to be), but it was delicious.

    My wife had the pearl-in-the-hole (a huge homemade hot dog in a hollowed-out baguette), with baked beans and cornbread. I had a pulled pork sandwich and two beef ribs. The beef ribs in particularly blew me away -- they were just the right tenderness, with a pronounced smokiness. The sauces were unusually complex and very tasty.

    Check it out before summer is over. Highly recommended.

    55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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    1. re: afty698

      I was going to say, the OP missed the best thing ... the hot dog! I've been having a particularly hot doggin summer but the ones at Formaggio are the best.

      Not sure of the hours, but yes we're talking about Huron Village.

      1. re: yumyum

        Hot doggin! Ha I love it! After the delicious hot dog I had at Speeds, I'm on a kick as well. Must try out Fromaggio-- are we talking about the one in Cambridge?

      2. re: afty698

        The beef ribs did look good, but on a first visit I thought we'd try the baby-back ribs, which was a mistake.

        To the other posters re: the hot dogs -- they did look wonderful, but I felt as a first visit, the traditional BBQ fare had to be tested. Will definitely go for a hot dog on next visit.


        1. re: trueblu

          FYI, the ribs at Formaggio Kitchen are NOT baby back ribs. They're St. Louis-style spare ribs. For future reference, in trying to decipher various cuts of ribs, baby back ribs appear more curved, whereas spare ribs are more flat and square. Maybe you were disappointed because you thought you were getting one thing, and were in fact getting something entirely different. I happen to think the ribs at Formaggio Kitchen are delicious:)

          Formaggio Kitchen
          244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

          1. re: shannaclark

            Thank you for the clarification. I'm no ribs expert -- but I just didn't think the ribs were to my taste. They were rather dry -- perhaps they're meant to be -- but nonetheless, I didn't care too much for them.


      3. Nice review. I also really like their BBQ beans. The last couple of times I've driven by, it's been too crowded to stop.

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        1. re: gourmaniac

          does anyone know when these start and finish? and on which days?

          i assume that this refers to the huron avenue brach in cambrige.

          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

            I tried to go early 11:15 and they were still lighting the charcoal while 11:45 had a line 20 deep. Not sure what time they close/run out of food.

            1. re: cambridgedoctpr

              It officially starts at 11:00. As I noted, we went at 11:30 and the line was only 4-5 deep.


              1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                somehow I think this is weekends only - maybe only Sat. they mention it on their website. we went to Formaggio for some cheese around 2pm or so and the grill was still on. They still had some grilled items - although it looked as if things were winding down.

                1. re: nlg

                  i believe it's sat only but it's definitely weekend only

            2. I was there as well at 11:30 on Saturday. I guess we were all next to each other on line!

              We had the pulled pork and the brisket sandwiches as wells as lamejun, The brisket was superior to any other brisket I have had except perhaps at Tupelo. The brisket was both moist and tender. I have found the brisket at Redbones and Blue Ribbon relatively dry (thus I often go for the KC burnt ends there) in comparison. I enjoyed the lamejun but I must say that the warmed Iggys bread stole the show from the lamejun.

              DC and I can't wait to go back later this summer to try the ribs.

              55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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              1. re: babka eater

                I was surprised to see the lamejun there -- not typical American BBQ fare! They did look rather moreish.


                American BBQ
                950 Cummings Ctr Ste 96X, Beverly, MA 01915

              2. Formaggio's website lists it as 11-2 but doesn't give seasonal start and end dates. Question: we have some vegetarian friends visiting us this weekend and were planning a trip to Formaggio with them anyways. I have yet to hit up the BBQ and would really like to assuming it's still going on. Does anyone recall any veggie items so we can incorporate Formaggio into our lunch plan?

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                1. re: Parsnipity

                  They sometimes have vegetarian sandwiches inside, but there are plenty of vegie options nearby at Hi Rise.

                  1. re: Blumie

                    They also have soups and prepared foods, including salads, inside -- there are always at least a few veggie options. And of course, they always have bread, CHEESE, olives, and other good picnic items. You can let the vegetarians shop while the meat-eaters stand on the long line outside.

                  2. re: Parsnipity

                    I was there today and was told they planned to continue till the end of October.