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Mar 10, 2011 09:05 AM

Bacco's Wine & Cheese - Chow-worthy sammy

I stumbled into this place (store front is on St. James between Arlington & Berkelye) last week to grab an apres-work bottle of vino and met the proprietor, Bob Bacco, who mentioned that they sell sandwiches at lunch.

The menu is limited -- three sammy choices -- plus a "Bento Box" (two daily choice cheeses, salame, olives, cornichons, mixed veggies and fig paste) and a "deconstructed grilled mixed veggie sandwich" which is really a by-the-pound veggie bar with a free hunk of bread.

I selected the Serrano Jamon and manchego cheese sandwich option. For $5.99, this was a tasty lunch. The sandwich is built on a crusty Iggy's mini baguette and finished with a balsamic glaze. The pre-made sandwich delivered the appropriate amount of meat, cheese, and topping, allowing the salty ham flavor of teh Jamon to come through nicely followed by the creamy manchego (this cheese reminds me of Madrid.) The fresh artisan bread elevated the sandwich and the glaze was neither cloying or overpowering, which to me is what a condiment should be.

Other sammy choices nclude prosciutto (domestic) and Taleggio cheese with basil pesto and dry salami and Crucolo cheese with black olive tapenade. Both are served on the Iggy's baguette.

I will be trying the prosciutto next and will report back.

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  1. A friend told me about Bacco's Wine and Cheese and my husband and I visited and will return. We have not tried the food yet, but did stock up on some favorite cheeses and a couple of new wines.

    It is something that we really need in the Back Bay. Thanks for spreading the work Bob, It is just enough off the beaten path that it needs to get people there the first time.

    The building runs the entire block from Arlington to Berkeley and you can enter it from either end as well as reaching them from the St James side.

    I've added the location to Chowhound's data base and will ask the moderators to remove the link to the North End restaurant from this thread. This is a cheese shop at 31 Saint James Street.

    I think I had an email that they would be working with Pigalle on some of the food. And, they tweet as new cheeses arrive. @baccowinecheese

    Bacco's Wine and Cheese
    31 St James Ave, Boston, MA 02116

    5 Replies
    1. re: BostonZest

      They do a weekly email with event info and Pigalle menu for takeout. Here was what they had last week:

      Monday: All Beef Meatballs with Tomato "Gravy", Parmesan, and Ziti

      Tuesday: Orzo Salad with Poached Maine Shrimp, Greek Feta, Tomato, Cucumber, and Lemon Vinaigrette

      Wednesday: Leg of Lamb Sandwich with Middle Eastern Delights, Watercress Salad, and Pickled Shallots

      Thursday: Trio of Grilled Vegetables: Summer Squash, Zucchini, and Eggplant with Romesco Dipping Sauce and Harissa Couscous

      Friday: Slow Poached Salmon, Endive and Celery Root Salad and Creamy Horseradish Dressing

      Not sure what the prices for these are, maybe $10.

      75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

      1. re: Bob MacAdoo

        Living Social has a 50% off deal this morning.

        1. re: Bob MacAdoo

          Yeah, the take home dinner things are $9.99

          1. re: bgavin

            I just polished off the prosciutto and Taleggio cheese with basil pesto sammy. This is a winner too, though the basil pesto was a bit underwhleming for those who prefer a strong pop of basil flavor.

            I was quite pleased by the quality of the prosciutto, which had a creamy texture and a slightly sweet aftertaste (the meat is advertised as domestic, but it seemed as good as the Danielle varieties I've had). The Tallegio cheese also burst through, salty, mild, and a bit of nut aftertaste.

            They also had some of the take home meals on the counter top. They were $9.99, and seemed a bit small for the price. There was a lamb and salad dish, Moroccan-style, and a salmon cake atop slaw and greens.

            1. re: Bob MacAdoo

              My dear husband is a salumi addict and he is loving walking to Bocco's a few time a week to buy a bit of fennel salami, cheese and fresh bread.

              Bob said many of his old customers are finally finding him so keep spreading the word.