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Where to shop for first night meal in Charlestown

POY May 6, 2013 05:06 PM

We are flying into Boston late Th afternoon and want to pick up meats, cheeses, etc. to bring to our daughter's house that evening. We will be walking from Monument St in Charleston and will walk to North Boston. Where can we shop to put together a good antipasti or food for wine night?
Any suggestions appreciated.

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    Gabatta May 6, 2013 05:51 PM

    Most people call it the North End. You might get some puzzled looks calling it North Boston.

    My first stop for food would be Monica's Mercato (Salem Street). You can get most of what you need there, but you might as well check out Salumeria Italiana (Richmond Street) as well. People here have been speaking highly of Bricco Panetteria (off Hanover Street) if you want to get bread.

    Monica's has wine as well. If they don't have what your looking for, Wild Duck (Salem Street) and V Cirace & Son (North Street) are good shops.

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      Beachowolfe May 6, 2013 07:10 PM

      The new Monica's store is very nice and they have a variety of pre-made antipasti in addition to salumi and cheeses.

      If you're looking for interesting wine I would suggest Wine Bottega on Hanover (or +1 for Cirace). If not looking for something special Wild Duck will suffice.

      1. re: Beachowolfe
        bear May 8, 2013 03:02 PM

        Thanks for the info that Monica's Mercato has expanded. That's all the more reason to make a trip there. Love that place.


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          9lives May 8, 2013 04:22 PM

          I was in the "new" Monica's on Saturday.

          As you can see in the pic, it is next to the original.

          The expansion was not yet complete, but will be connected after the renovations are complete.

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            bear May 8, 2013 04:50 PM

            Thanks, that's helpful, 9.

        2. re: Beachowolfe
          Gabatta May 9, 2013 05:34 PM

          Monica's will have 3 slicers in the new space, that will allow them to crank out more sandwiches at peak times. They said there will be a larger cheese selection as well.

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        POY May 8, 2013 02:20 PM

        Good suggestions, thanks. And, I know better, it is the North End not North Boston. Mea Culpa

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          catsmeow May 8, 2013 03:58 PM

          I second Salumeria in the North End(Boston's Little Italy) if you're going to that area. I haven't been to Monica's since the expansion.

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