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Dec 21, 2011 09:05 AM

Fresh Cheese on Fleet St., in the North End - tel no disconnected???

I tried two numbers I found on Google - both are disconnected! Called Russo's (I bought their always amazing ricotta there on Easter), but they said they don't have any (hoping that it's just a momentary thing).

Please - someone tell me that they aren't out of business!! Would be a very sad day... I don't have the time to just go exploring in the North End to find out - at least not until after Christmas.

Edit: I just found a page on Phantom Gourmet that says they are closed!! (gasp!) Also lists Endicott St as their address - that's more accurate an area from what I remember.

Aw, say it isn't true...

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  1. Al Capone at Capone's in Somerville and Cambridge makes fantastic fresh ricotta.

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    1. re: Madrid

      Arggh - I was just in Davis Sq Sunday. Had no idea (nor did I think I'd have a tough time getting my usual). Just tired of these endless trips - I want to get started on my actual cooking! I might just make my own - it's really easy. I made it once before, but it wasn't tremendously successful, but I just read an article on Serious Eats - the author tired different ingredients & discovered that vinegar gives a more consistent result (I used lemon juice), so I might give this method a try.

      Still really sad that another old time North End establishment seems to be gone, though...

      1. re: threedogs

        When you buy your milk, make sure that it isn't "ultrapastuerized" as this will not work. Made some with my son two weeks ago, compared whole cows milk with a mixture of cow/goat milk and they were both fabulous. Way better than anything I have bought, and easy to make.

        1. re: tdaaa

          Yes, I realize to avoid the ultrapasteurized milks. My preference would be for a local milk at Russo's, but I'm not sure if I can fit in going there on top of all the other things I need to do.

          I watched a video where someone got 1 1/2 cups of ricotta from a quart of milk. So a gallon would give me (providing I get the same results, of course) about 6 cups.

          I think the standard ricotta container is about the same as yogurt - the one I have here holds 4 cups. So, theoretically, a gallon of milk *should* give me about one & a half containers full (if the stars & gods are all lined up, lol).

          This is how I can compare the cost & also figure if it's worth lugging home one or two gallons of milk by bus or foot.

          On the other hand, I might just tell one of my kids to pick up whatever ricotta (whole milk of course) they can, then add some cream, like smtucker said that Capone's does. I'm doing a huge amt of baking & cooking, so I think I can justify cheating w/my creativity, lol. I would add a teeny bit of thickener so the ricotta doesn't fall apart. Not my first preference, but there's only one of me...

          Another trick to make the ravi's or lasagna creamy & give it a better flavor would be to add some cream cheese to the mix. Easier to get & cheaper than mascarpone.

        2. re: threedogs

          If you buy Shaws or High Lawn Farm milk, you will enjoy your ricotta. Takes me about 20 minutes start to finish to make ricotta. Well worth the effort. Now, Capone's ricotta is very good. The secret? After they drain the ricotta, they add some fresh cream. Makes it very rich and creamy.

          1. re: smtucker

            I really want to use milk fr a local dairy - and thanks for the tip about how Capone's adds a bit of cream after draining the ricotta. However, depending on how my plans go, I might end up doctoring up a less-than-perfect ricotta, since I don't have a car to travel to get my ingredients. The time it takes is too much for me (traveling by T, not the cooking by any means!!) - not to mention the insane holiday traffic! So I appreciate this little bit of info!

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          Yes it is, Bob. :-( But that article explains the Fleet St. location.

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            The article reminds me of a conversation I had some months ago w/Maria when I went in for a cannoli. I mentioned the pasta shop that is now gone (used to be on Hanover St. - the name right now escapes me). I was introduced to the then elderly gentleman who had originally opened it w/his wife (I heard stories about how they hand made everything in the beginning). At that time, his health was obviously failing, but apparently he came into the shop everyday. Unfortunately, after he passed away, his kids just sold the property & the business came to an end.

            She knew who I was talking about. Yes, he died... she tried to remember how.. she said "I think he had a heart attack... or, [with hands up in the air, shoulders shrugged].. was shot."

            I laughed so hard. That says it all.

            1. re: threedogs

              Trio's little storefront pasta shop was located near Taranta's on Hanover. Daughter, Genevieve Cremaldi, opened Cremaldi's at 31 Putnam which is now Petsi's Cambridge location.

          2. Hown about Purity Cheese in Quincy(used to be in the NE):

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            1. re: Taralli

              Now I'm confused! Is it Purity that was the cheese shop I remember fr years ago? It was on Endicott St., too, apparently. Glad they continued the business (Quincy is too far for me, though).

              1. re: threedogs

                Purity was on Endicott in the NE for years. They closed when the owner was sent to prison.

                The guy who formerly ran Fresh Cheese on Fleet; formerly Tutto Italiana now runs Frank DePasquale's pasta shop on Cross St.

                No idea if Fresh Cheese on Fleet is still there; but if they're not, it's a big loss for the area..great sandwiches and were among the last to bring in imported burrata.

                1. re: 9lives

                  "cheeseman" is indeed in the clink, but not his brother. no aspersion on the character of said bro, but i was so sad he let the cheese store close!

              2. re: Taralli

                Awesome!! I didn't know about this (and yes, it was Trio's).

                Yet another reason I love this site...

                1. re: Taralli

                  I don't think Purity has a retail outlet at their headquarters in Quincy.

                2. I shopped there on Tuesday and it seemed to be business as usual.

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                  1. re: peelmeagrape


                    Maybe all need to tell them to pay their phone bill? ;-) I'm glad their still around.

                    1. re: peelmeagrape

                      You stopped in Quincy at their building by the golf course? A few months ago, I went by there and didn't see an entrance for the public. This is great news. Where is the entrance?

                      1. re: catsmeow

                        My reply was to the original post, which asks about Fresh Cheese on Fleet Street in the North End. That's where I shopped on Tuesday.