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BEST Cheese Shop

2004 BEST Cheese Shop

Whole Food Market

Cambridge

When it’s world-class cheese you crave, head straight to the River Street branch of this ubiquitous natural-foods chain for the most consistently ripe, reasonably priced fromage around. The store stocks several hundred different kinds of cheese—from imported and esoteric cave-aged… read more»

2003 BEST Cheese Shop

Whole Foods Market, River Street Location

Cambridge

We thought the “freedom fries” movement was absurd, and we can’t imagine a diplomatic conflict grave enough to make us swear off truffles. But somewhere a line must be drawn: In this age of geopolitical anxiety and economic uncertainty, no… read more»

2002 BEST Cheese Shop

Formaggio Kitchen

Cambridge

Formaggio is the cheese shop that puts all others to shame. Whether it’s a rustic sheep’s milk cheese from Vermont or a bleu de Termignon made only by an old woman in France from her herd of nine cows, owner… read more»

2001 BEST Cheese Shop

Bread & Citrus (Fresh Pond)

Cambridge

No, it’s not a charmingly quaint boutique. But, hey, you’re there to buy cheese, not a hat. Above all, you want absolute ripeness, informed service, and a carefully chosen selection. That’s what you get here: an extensive traditional selection (world-wide,… read more»

2000 BEST Cheese Shop

South End Formaggio

Boston

We’re pleased to report that South End Formaggio is a chip off the block of its sister cheese shop, Cambridge’s legendary Formaggio Kitchen. While the latter is permanently etched into our Hall of Fame, the new South End branch is… read more»

1999 BEST Cheese Shop

Formaggio Kitchen

Cambridge

Last year Food and Wine magazine named Formaggio one of the five cheese shops in the nation, and Cambridge Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Gluck wrote an ode to the shop, included in her latest book and printed in the New… read more»

1998 BEST Cheese Shop

Formaggio Kitchen

Cambridge

Yes, this is Cambridge, not the North End. And Formaggio Kitchen simply has no peer in this city Formaggio Kitchen simply has no peer in this city. Formaggio’s food buyers find exceptional and exotic cheeses from around the world, like… read more»

1997 BEST Cheese Shop

Formaggio Kitchen

Cambridge

Craving a tangy taste of ash-coated chevre? A mouthful of manchega? A genuine Gorgonzola? Proceed directly to Formaggio Kitchen, the closest you’ll come to a European cheesemonger on these shores. A recent addition to what is already a mecca for… read more»

1996 BEST Cheese Shop

Purity Cheese

Boston

Nothing beats the taste of homemade fresh mozzarella with the best of summer’s tomatoes. The firmer scamorze is perfect on pizza, and the homemade ricotta is superb with anything from lasagna to cannoli. Get them all here. read more»

1995 BEST Cheese Shop

Formaggio Kitchen

Cambridge

Hundreds of intriguing wheels, slabs, and wedges of cheese from around the world, including more than 40 kinds of goat cheese and a great selection of American-made varieties, make this small shop a magnet for discriminating cheese lovers. Ask to… read more»