Boston’s Best Cheese Shops

January 16, 2013 5:00 AM

Jan. 20 is National Cheese Lovers Day, and your local grocery store just isn’t going to cut it. There is something about actually going to a gourmet cheese shop, having samples and purchasing freshly cut portions from the experts that makes cheese even better. Discover old classics or something new at the best cheese shops around Boston.

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Harry’s Cheese and Cold Cuts

98 Blackstone St.
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 523-8950

Harry’s is located right within the action of Haymarket. Take a break from browsing the veggie and fruit options at the surrounding outdoor markets, and take advantage of unbeatable cheese deals inside of this gourmet cheese store, with prices from $2 up to $20. Open every day except Tuesday and Sunday, head here for feta, pepper jack, asagio, gouda, swiss and the list goes on. Whether you need a quarter pound or a huge block of cheese for a party, there is definitely something here for you.

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The Cheese Shop
20 Fleet St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 973-9500

In the North End, The Cheese Shop is a one-stop shop for all things cheese, as the name suggests. It carries options such as pepato, pecorino, blue cheese, gorgonzola and a wide range of other selections, with pricing per pound up to about $25. It also offers subs such as mozzarella with tomato and basil, chicken parmesan or meatball as well. The store is filled with gourmet foods, olives, soup, pasta, sauces, spreads and deli meats to create the perfect meal or snack at home.

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Salumeria Italiana
151 Richmond St.
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 523-8743

Also in the North End, Salumeria Italiana offers plenty of cheeses to satisfy your cravings. It even offers online cheese purchases through its website. The best seller is aged parmigiano reggiano DOP ($18 a pound) but it also carries pecorino, feta, drunken goat and to go with it, salami, prosciutto and other specialty meats. Make a complete meal at home using its cheeses and meats to start, pasta with one of its sauces for an entree, and pick up veggies to enjoy with its balsamic vinegars. For dessert, its cookies and biscuits hit the spot.

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South End Formaggio
268 Shawmut Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 350-6996

Since 1999, South End Formaggio has been providing the neighborhood with its gourmet foods like honey, jam, chocolates, wines, meats and cheeses from New England and beyond. It also offers fresh sandwiches, salads and prepared entrees. Enjoy artisanal cheeses sourced from small farms and cheesemongers. It cuts each cheese for guests to order and takes great care in storing each product. Hard, soft, stinky, aged or fresher selections promise the right options in your price range. The store also hosts book signings, wine tastings, cooking classes and other events. It also offers catering, with pricing ranging from $70 to $200 for one of its specially prepared cheese plates.

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Boston Cheese Cellar
18 Birch St.
Roslindale, MA 02131
(617) 325-2500

Boston Cheese Cellar has been in business since 2006, serving cheese and other products in Roslindale Village. It features local, national and international cheeses. The staff here assists you in choosing from all of the options. The store boasts 150 cheeses in stock at all times. Highlights include pecorino tartuffo, buffalo wing cheddar, brie, gouda and gruyere. It also offers crackers and a selection of pasta, vinegar, mustard and honey. It’s the kind of place where you can create an unforgettable gift basket (for about $20 and up), or go to just grab some bread and cheese to nosh on yourself.

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