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Newsflash - New England Charcuterie opening in Waltham

StriperGuy Oct 15, 2013 07:31 AM

Sadly the very nice old school Italian grocery closed, but in it's place, currently under construction:

New England Charcuterie: Handcrafted Artisanal Products

See photo for banner that was in the window.

  1. StriperGuy Oct 15, 2013 07:34 AM

    Here's the photo.

     
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      teezeetoo Oct 15, 2013 08:41 AM

      Which one closed? Casa d'italia?

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        StriperGuy Oct 15, 2013 08:53 AM

        The only Italian Grocery on Moody, was that the name?

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          teezeetoo Oct 15, 2013 09:15 AM

          Oh gosh, you mean Salem - great store! Real loss. Hope this one brings some shopping joy back to the street. Darn!

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            azra Oct 15, 2013 12:40 PM

            Yes, a real loss but at least Salem closed on its own well-deserved terms.
            http://www.boston.com/2013/08/19/mark...

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          JoJo5 Oct 15, 2013 09:15 AM

          Salem Food Market closed. Casa d'Italia is still open.

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          treb Oct 15, 2013 09:03 AM

          Nice, did they post an opening date?

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            StriperGuy Oct 15, 2013 11:00 AM

            No opening date and it was Salem.

          2. Science Chick Oct 15, 2013 09:58 AM

            Apparently the NE Charcuterie will be one aspect of a larger store called Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions:
            http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaur...

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              grant.cook Oct 15, 2013 10:11 AM

              I had some of their stuff at a charity event where they had a table.. tasty. Excited to see their store finally getting close.

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                bluerib Oct 16, 2013 06:11 AM

                I have also had the pleasure of trying Josh's charcuterie and can confirm that the man is an artist and seems to care very deeply about producing very high quality product. Waltham is lucky to have him and I wish him the best of success. A great addition to Moody St.

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                  bear Oct 16, 2013 12:25 PM

                  I'm really excited about this place. Just having those sandwiches available so close to home will make me a happy hound. Housemade hot dogs, mortadella, pastrami...can't wait.

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                    bear Nov 12, 2013 06:52 AM

                    Looks like Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions is opening today. Josh Smith's instagram pictures look pretty amazing.

                    http://instagram.com/moodysdelicatess...

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                      hyde Nov 12, 2013 07:02 AM

                      crap.

                      They say money talks, at this place all it will say to me is "goodbye".

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                        StriperGuy Nov 12, 2013 07:03 AM

                        Those pics look amazing.

                        But the name, oh the name... Moody's...

                        Who is Moody anyway? Did they pass some zoning ordinance in Waltham mandating the appalling use of apostrophes? Habanero's, Antojito's, god how many are there. Can we count them all?

                        Couldn't it have just been Moody Street Delicatessen and Provisions?

                        Are the grammar gods pleased?

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                          bear Nov 12, 2013 07:11 AM

                          At least it can be a stretch and say that the place belongs to Moody St. I can't quite figure out how a restaurant can belong to a chile pepper.

                          Anyway, one bite of the pastrami and we'll hopefully be oblivious to all grammar sins.

                          Looks like they'll have coffee and espresso as well, something sorely lacking on Moody.

                      2. nsenada Nov 12, 2013 08:36 PM

                        Drunkenly wandered by with some friends a while ago after The Gaff, and the owner kindly noticed us with our noses pressed against the window, and let us in. Had some mini salami samples that had a deep, meaty flavor, as well as some spicy mole salami. This place is a serious cured meat wonderland, with tons of different house made sausages, chorizo, cold cuts, bacon, pate, etc.) I got some ground pork and a slab of bacon, which I can't wait to try. I'm gonna hit it on the weekend for a fancy sous vide pork belly banh mi (which they apparently offer).

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                          opinionatedchef Nov 13, 2013 12:21 AM

                          that banh mi is going to be just ONE of the things you try, and report back on, right? :-}

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                            nsenada Nov 13, 2013 06:58 AM

                            Yes, indeed. And it turns out the "pepperoni" was actually something called "lamb snacks," a small cured lamb sausage.

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                              hotoynoodle Nov 13, 2013 10:09 AM

                              oh, dear. now i need to get to waltham. stat. and i hate going there.

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                          LStaff Nov 13, 2013 06:47 AM

                          My question is, can you pick up a reasonably priced lunch there, or is it all just $$$ charcuterie meant for takehome consumption?

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                            LStaff Nov 13, 2013 11:46 AM

                            Answering my own question here. Stopped by and picked up a menu - and yes you can get a reasonable priced lunch there.

                            Looks like a daily menu is printed up which includes bagels with fixin's, croissants, salads, sides, and sandwiches. Grilled cheese, turkey, roast beef, bologna sandwiches range from $5 - $9. Specialty sandwiches ranging from $10.50 to $13.75 include Hot Pastrami, Turkey Bacon & Cheddar, Honey Smoked Ham, Rever's Ultimate with house made salami, copa, bologna, and pickled veg, Bahn Mi with pork belly, pate, smoked pork, diakon, carrots, cilantro and sriracha, Spicy Cuban with smoked ham, pulled pork, and chipotle aioli, and Carolina Style Pulled Pork.

                            Rever's Ultimate and Bahn Mi sound awesome to me.

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                              opinionatedchef Nov 13, 2013 10:23 PM

                              L, you are a VERY good person.

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                                LStaff Nov 14, 2013 01:13 PM

                                Someone posted a picture of the Rever's Ultimate on twitter.

                                https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BY-TVlQIc...

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                                  nsenada Nov 14, 2013 02:05 PM

                                  Here's a picture a friend sent me of the banh mi, laid out surgically

                                   
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                                    morecheesejer Nov 15, 2013 01:47 PM

                                    I stopped in yesterday and got, yup, the Banh Mi, which was a perfectly constructed sandwich. Good bread, crisp, flavorful veggies, savory, tender meat. Yum. Everyone working the counter was very friendly and they said the banh mi had been outselling the pastrami - interesting.
                                    I didn't try anything else yet, but there were some other customers there raving about some of the prepared food and the charcuterie. I'll definitely be back.

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                                    ColoradoXJ13 Nov 15, 2013 07:15 AM

                                    Had the Rever's Ultimate yesterday for lunch, not cheap at $13.75, but it is a sizable sandwich, I am a good eater and I was very full after eating it, lots of meat and a good sized cibatta. It was excellent, meat was delicious, pickled veggies (mostly peppers IIRC) provided a nice acidic twang to balance the savory bologna and salami, coppa was nicely seasoned and delicious. I am going to be back often since I work in Waltham. Spoke briefly with the owner, very gracious and friendly guy, he looked happy with the initial response to the business. They are working through some issues with where to order/pay/etc., but I am sure it will get better with time. Took about 15 minutes from ordering to walking out the door with my food. They have a handful of small tables, I went back to work with my colleague who got the Bahn Mi, he said it was great, as did another colleague who just had the ham and cheese.

                              2. Science Chick Nov 18, 2013 09:57 AM

                                Do they have a website yet? Can't seem to find one......

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                                  opinionatedchef Nov 18, 2013 06:07 PM

                                  http://www.newenglandcharcuterie.com/...

                                  but no menu i could find.

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                                  Ruprecht Nov 18, 2013 07:43 PM

                                  Stopped by this weekend for lunch. They were doing a brisk business, and chef Joshua was clearly excited to be open. He showed me the high-tech, refrigerator-sized smoker in the back. We had the banh mi, a fantastic lentil soup, and a bag of house-made truffle potato chips, and grilled cheese for the kids. Everything was very high quality and well put together. The banh mi did not feel particularly banh-mi-ish to me, despite checking most of the usual boxes, but it was very tasty. The combination of sous vide pork belly and pate was delicious but a little too decadent for my taste. I can't fathom having it regularly without developing gout or needing a stent. Looking forward to sampling the rest of their menu, as well as the sausages and charcuterie.

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                                    opinionatedchef Nov 18, 2013 09:38 PM

                                    hello cork fork :-} Is this place across from Erewhan, one block down from Habanero, on same side? google map gets one nowhere so far, with the new name.

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                                      Ruprecht Nov 19, 2013 06:09 AM

                                      Yes, right there. I think it's directly next to Tempo?

                                  2. StriperGuy Dec 2, 2013 12:49 PM

                                    I got a bunch of things from Moody's Delicatessen recently.

                                    The owner is just an amazingly nice guy who clearly loves what he's doing. It's just plain amazing to have someone doing what he's doing here in MA and ALL of his meat is sourced locally and raised ;-) lovingly. We've come a long way Boston.

                                    House Made hot dogs in a vac-u pack. About $10 a pound. Truly superb, super meaty hot dog. Wow, who knew hot dogs could taste so good. Possibly the best I've ever eaten.

                                    After I had selected everything he gave me a taste of the pastrami. Amazing, going back just for that. Honestly the beefiest tasting pastrami I've ever had. Different, but up there with Katz's. He said they griddle it and melt some cheese on top for their sandwich. I'm not sure that treatment would do it justice, (Katz's has theirs whole and sort of a hot steam bath and slices it hot right onto the sandwich). I think pretty much anything you'd do with this meat would be amazing.

                                    Had the house made prosciutto, also superb, if a bit pricey. Rustic, rich and flavorful. Worth the $ in the end.

                                    The house made chorizo was very good, but just to be fair, I like the Danielle commercial product better which reminds me more of the real McCoy from Spain. Think the seasoning could be improved and did not have enough of the tangy cure of the real Spanish stuff.

                                    The beef snack sticks were good, but not really noteworthy. Reminded me a bit of Hebrew National beef salami. Tasty enough, but compared to the other items just okay. Would love to see a bit more of the smoke flavor that a really well made summer sausage has.

                                    The owner was also kind enough to let me sample the Spanish style cured pork loin (lomo). A bit on the salty side and again not really enough depth of flavor to merit the high price. Between the lomo and the prosciutto they are not even in the same ball park, buy the prosciutto.

                                    In the end a truly amazing addition to the Boston food scene. The per pound cost is pretty high, but if you consider that it is all from locally raised animals and all artisanally cured here, the prices are certainly on par with say Formaggio and perhaps a hair less than Formaggio charges for similar products.

                                    I will support this local gem as much as I can, and hope to see that lomo and choizo get a little tangier and zingier.

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                                      opinionatedchef Dec 2, 2013 01:45 PM

                                      striper, these details are so helpful. i am a big fan of the palazio dry chorizo from spain. have you compared it to your Danielle (which i've not had)?

                                      1. re: opinionatedchef
                                        StriperGuy Dec 2, 2013 03:32 PM

                                        The Danielle is WAY better than palacio. As Danielle is in RI it is not too hard to hunt down here (restaurant depot) their prosciutto is world class as well.

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