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Best charcuterie - retail?

BobB Apr 20, 2014 05:19 AM

I know several restaurants that offer great house-made charcuterie (Eastern Standard and Belly currently top my list), but where can I get a good selection to serve at home?

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    newhound RE: BobB Apr 20, 2014 05:27 AM

    Moody's in Waltham. Formaggio does some of their own stuff.

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      jjbourgeois RE: newhound Apr 20, 2014 04:15 PM

      I'll second Moody's! They're doing some really cool stuff. My new favorite is the Tuscan Salami.

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      teezeetoo RE: BobB Apr 20, 2014 09:23 AM

      if you are not specifically looking for housemade retail charcuterie (the store in Waltham on Moody street that used to be the Salem market does housemade), you might find it interesting to look at the selections at the Russian markets, which are quite good and remarkably well-priced. I would recommend Bazaar on Cambridge Street in Allston and Baza in Newton (off Needham street near Trefflers).

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        BobB RE: teezeetoo Apr 20, 2014 09:53 AM

        I'm quite familiar with the Russian stores in the area (my late wife was Russian), but while they have an interesting assortment of salumi, they don't offer the freshness or variety (duck prosciutto, anyone?) of the restaurants I mentioned.

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          teezeetoo RE: BobB Apr 20, 2014 09:57 AM

          agreed. I do find the merchandise generally good and well-priced there and I can find variety that I don't find at most markets but they don't meet ESK or Salty Pig levels. I'll be interested in your take on the Moody street charcuterie if you get there. Please let us know.

      2. BobB RE: BobB Apr 20, 2014 04:29 PM

        Anyone familiar with Barbara Lynch's Butcher Shop in the South End? I'm aware of it but have never been in.

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          gimlis1mum RE: BobB Apr 20, 2014 05:35 PM

          It;s been a while since I went to the Butcher Shop, but we always ordered the charcuterie plate and we always liked it. I never bought any of their stuff to take home, though.

          I went to a private dinner at Moody's a few weeks ago. They had a display of some of their charcuterie & I'm sorry I can't recall the exact details of what everything was - one salami had sriracha I think, and another had mole in it? At any rate it was all really good. I usually am not a sriracha fan - too vinegary for me, I prefer the sweetness of gojuchang - but I did like that salami. I also remember that they said their first proscuittos (proscuitti?) were almost ready, as they were about to reach the end of the two-year aging process.

          Also, duck proscuitto is very easy to make at home, though I usually do it in the fall/winter. If you'd like a recipe I'd be happy to post it on Home Cooking.

        2. StriperGuy RE: BobB Apr 21, 2014 06:55 AM

          Moody's has some superb stuff and some where I have found commercial versions to be tastier. Their pastrami is possibly the best I've ever eaten. The hot dogs are also superb and noteworthy.

          The cured item's were often a bit too salty and did not have the depth and complexity that I hope for.

          Moody's really takes his craft seriously and only sources local animals as well. That said his products are quite pricey.

          Formaggio has some really noteworthy charcuterie mostly not house made.

          If you can find the commercial Danielle (RI based) Vladic prosciutto (their premium version) it is as good as anything I have eaten short of Spanish Iberico.

          Russo's in Waltham has some very nice commercial and artisanal products at decent prices.

          Many of the already mentioned Russian markets have superb salamis etc. Some of the best smoked salamis I have ever eaten at very good prices and a HUGE selection to choose from, at Baza in Newton in particular.

          Heck try em all and see what you like.

          1. viperlush RE: BobB Apr 21, 2014 09:40 AM

            How does Central Bottle on Mass Ave compare to these other places? The BF will occasionally pick up a cheese and a loaf of Iggy's on his way home, but none of the meats.

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              CportJ RE: viperlush Apr 23, 2014 04:07 PM

              I'm interested in that answer as well. I generally would buy there, Savenor's, or Whole Foods, as I'm generally on the T/unwilling to spend days off driving around Greater Boston.

            2. BobB RE: BobB Apr 21, 2014 02:55 PM

              Okay, so I headed over to Moody's, only to find that they're closed on Mondays. What kind of retail establishment closes on Mondays?!?

              Anyway, undaunted, I headed to the South End, where Barbara Lynch's minions served me very well indeed - three interesting types of salami (including a Basque version), mortadella, and - duck prosciutto! Plus some cornichons and pickled onions for counterpoint.

              A visit to Bazaar for some goose liver pate (love Schaller & Weber!) and black caviar, a stop at Whole Foods cheese department (cave-aged Brillat-Savarin, anyone?) and I'm good to go.

              This is all for a friend's birthday dinner, in case you were wondering. I'll also be serving asparagus with hollandaise, two types of bread from Clear Flour, and toast points with creme fraiche to accompany the caviar. Thinking about making chocolate mousse for dessert.

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                lc02139 RE: BobB Apr 21, 2014 03:06 PM

                Do you always work 7 days a week? Plus it is also Patriots day, not that it would have mattered.

                Many small staffed places take off 2 days a week, and I bet their are slammed on a Saturday, and wouldn't have many customers on a Monday.

                As stated on their website they are open Tues-Sat 7 am -7 pm, but seems like plenty of hours to me.

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                  hyde RE: BobB Apr 21, 2014 04:34 PM

                  Remain advised that a great many places in the Newton/Brookline area that are are open saturdays are closed sundays and mondays (Rosenfeld's Bagels (mondays and tuesdays!) , DePasquales sausages, Moody's, Katz's Bagels in Chelsea)

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                    Bellachefa RE: BobB Apr 21, 2014 04:43 PM

                    I love the way you shop. I too go from store to store when planning a special celebratory meal. A shame you didn't stop in at Formaggio's SE while you were in the hood. I prefer giving my cheese money to them instead of WF. What a lovely meal.

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                    hargau RE: BobB Apr 23, 2014 04:33 PM

                    Wegmans has a charcuterie counter next to the normal deli..

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