Best of Boston

2010 Best Gourmet Shop

A. Russo & Sons

When you’re ready to put some sizzle in your pan, there’s no better place to start than at Russo’s. Its esoteric selection of produce—Thai okra, dandelion, Asian pear, lychee nut—provides endless inspiration, while the cheese counter brims with imports from the likes of Italy (Robiola), France (at least three Bries), and Spain (Garrotxa). Plus: fresh pasta, salumi and charcuterie, a full array of baked goods, vibrant cut flowers and plants…better break out the reusable grocery bags now.

560 Pleasant St., Watertown, 617-923-1500,