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BEST Cheese Shop

2013 BEST Cheese Shop
Formaggio Kitchen

Formaggio Kitchen

Cambridge

Formaggio features a carefully considered yet seemingly endless array of marbled blues, sharp cheddars, and runny Robiolas, some of it kept in underground “caves” built to duplicate the conditions of the natural European caverns where cheeses are traditionally aged. You’ll… read more»

2012 BEST Cheese Shop

Formaggio Kitchen

Cambridge

Not everyone appreciates the olfactory assault that is Formaggio. In fact, we frequently have to check our companions at the curb before heading in to sample this place’s runny gobs of poisses and Robiola. True fans of the stinky stuff,… read more»

2010 BEST Cheese Shop
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Formaggio Kitchen

Cambridge

If we could be anything in the next life, we’d come back as a mouse so we could gnaw our way into this wondrously stinky store. Even on a human scale, Formaggio’s stock of cheese is jaw-droppingly vast, with wheels… read more»

2009 BEST Cheese Shop
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Formaggio Kitchen

Cambridge

When the French knighted owner Ihsan Gurdal, it became official: Formaggio is cheese nobility. The Cambridge store (with sister shops in the South End and New York) carries 300-plus varieties, representing nearly every region and technique, from Switzerland’s Försterkäse to… read more»

2007 BEST Cheese Shop

Formaggio Kitchen

Cambridge

More than 20 years on, Formaggio and its encyclopedic staff continue to prove that the variety of cheese is endless. Choose among exotic options from Greece, Spain, and Holland, as well as exclusive New England brands. read more»

2005 BEST Cheese Shop

South End Formaggio

Boston

Hunks and chunks, slivers and slices, discs and wheels… Formaggio stocks more than 200 cheeses from around the world, stacked on its shelves or aging in its cheese cave. Simply tell the experts what you’re having for dinner, and they’ll… read more»

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»