Spotlight on Cambridge: Formaggio Kitchen

When my boyfriend moved up to Cambridge last August, one of the very first places we went to in Cambridge was Formaggio Kitchen located in North Cambridge.  Formaggio has two locations in the Boston area (one in Cambridge and another in South End) and one in New York.

The cheese counter at Formaggio.

The cheese counter at Formaggio.

Formaggio focuses on providing artisan cheeses and meats, as well as olive oils, vinegars, fruit spreads, wine and beer.  What I especially love about Formaggio is that they try to only source their products from farmers and cheese makers that focus on the traditional methods of cheese and charcuterie preparation and avoid the mass production of the modern world.   A lot of their products are organic and come from small farms that emphasize appropriate treatment of animals.  They also have a cheese cave at their Cambridge location to make sure the cheese they are selling is maintained at the correct temperature which you can apparently visit according to their website.

The refrigerated part of the cheese counter.

The refrigerated part of the cheese counter.

I also love the fact that all of the people that work at the cheese are charcuterie counter are extremely knowledgeable about their products and can tell you exactly how each cheese was made.  Usually I just walk in, ask for a recommendation, and walk out with something amazing, like today, when I left with a soft cheese that had hints of blueberry.  One word: divine.

A cheese board we made with our haul from Formaggio.  On the far left is lomo, to its right is prosciutto, on the far left is mousse trufee and in the top right corner is Zimbro, a sheep's milk cheese.  In the center is fig preserves and at the top is a fresh baguette.

A cheese board we made with our haul from Formaggio.  On the far left is lomo, to its right is prosciutto, on the far left is mousse trufee and in the top right corner is Zimbro, a sheep's milk cheese.  In the center is fig preserves and at the top is a fresh baguette.

If you are ever in Cambridge, I highly recommend checking this place out.  They're awesome.