Formaggio Kitchen has been an institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over 30 years – a gourmand’s paradise doubling as a neighborhood grocer. Our regular customers rely on us for their early morning cups of coffee and freshly baked scones, croissants and muffins from our bakery, often returning in the afternoons for a grilled panino, artisan baguette, chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano, a bottle of wine or a bag of organic salad greens.
Evening brings the dinner crowd: devout followers of our kitchen’s creations to take home. Weekend visitors come to stock up on cheeses, cured meats & baked goods, always leaving with something they’ve never seen before that is sure to become a new house staple. And then there are the chefs – professional and amateur alike, those in the know are certain we’ll have that special ingredient they can’t find anywhere else.
Throughout the week, our catering department is kept busy by businesses and families alike looking for a brown-bag lunch for a meeting, a house-prepared cheese or charcuterie platter for a weekend cocktail party or a one of our spectacular lasagne for a special family dinner.
We travel extensively in search of the world’s finest artisan products. We believe in the one-herd farmer in Corsica, the tiny storefront baker in Tuscany and the fifth-generation olive grower in Andalusia, each striving to preserve their traditional methods in a world of mass-produced, industrial food. Our shelves are brimming with products made by individual artisans, each as wonderful as the next: honeys from Sardinia & Piedmont sit aside farmhouse jams from Pays Basque & l’Ardeche, while spicy organic tomato sauce from Liguria neighbors briny Brittany fleur de sel. Our cheese counter displays cuts of cheese arranged each morning into a “wall”: a horizontal stretch running from Great Britain and North America, through France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy with more than two hundred varieties in all.
We are particularly well known for our cheese selection. There are plenty of places to buy cheese these days. From place to place, there is a vast difference in the quality of product and quality of service. If you care about cheese or are interested in learning more, here are a few reasons to visit our store for your next purchase.
- The Formaggio Kitchen family has a 30 year history of sourcing artisanal cheeses directly from small farms and affineurs, giving us a broad and unusual selection.
- We source the majority of our cheeses directly from the producer or ager, which allows us greater control over selection and quality.
- We store our cheeses in temperature and humidity controlled caves below our Cambridge shop.
- We cut our cheeses to order, and wrap them in special cheese paper.
- We pride ourselves on old-school personalized customer service. We help you learn about, taste and discover cheeses you will love.
At the end of it all, we are neighborhood grocer and whether visiting us in person or online, we invite you to browse our products and enjoy finding both new and old favorites.
Take a tour
This tour was taken when This Old House was working on “The Cambridge House” after their crews started coming by for their morning coffee, lunch and their afternoon snacks.