Formaggio is a gourmand's paradise that was named Best Cheese Shop in 2009 by Boston magazine and Best Gourmet Food Shop in 2010 by the Improper Bostonian. Its California mono-varietal extra-virgin olive oil, which you will receive with this Groupon, is cookable, dippable, and nearly sippable. Though Formaggio offers a wide range of imported gourmet spices, pastas, and sauces, the delectable delicatessen is best known for its great cheese wall, which contains hundreds of gourmet artisan cheeses. An in-house belowground cheese cave keeps the entire cheese stock fresh while it is taught to read, write, and count cards. Savor a variety such as Boule de Quercy, a goat's milk cheese topped with a wild raspberry leaf (5 oz. $9.95), or the strong-flavored provolone vernengo ($16.48 per half-pound). Stock and pricing may vary.
Inside the box lies a sampling of different caviars and all the necessary accoutrements, such as a mother-of-pearl spoon and an info card. By using only high-quality American caviar, The Little Pearl offers a lightly buttery taste without being fishy or salty. Even novices to this luxurious specialty will enjoy the rich flavors encountered on the palatal journey through the box's contents. Each one includes:
With black-and-white checkerboard floors, fire-engine red booths, and vintage aluminum signage advertising quirky slogans, The Medford Square Diner cuts a decidedly classic-diner profile. But there's also abstract art and new furnishings that add a touch of modernity. This duality between classic and modern is reflected in the menu as well. Classic diner dishes come with little gourmet twists?think avocado, pear, and goat cheese omelets, brioche french toast, or mascarpone pancakes. The classics are well-represented too in meals like the Lumber Jack with pancakes, bacon, sausage, and eggs. The lunch and dinner menu follows suit; cooks dish out burgers, paninis, pasta dishes, and wraps. There's also a daily buffet and a full kids menu to keep little ones from getting cranky and filling up on their own tears.
The staff at Golden Goose Market will direct you to the right aisle with a smile. But their role in your shopping trip doesn’t have to end there—they’ll stick by your side to help track down every item in a recipe, and even give suggestions on how to cook it. The extra attention to customers may be one of the reasons why the market has enjoyed such an impressive life span—it opened in 1978. But help with dinner is just one way the upscale store’s staff treats its patrons like royalty. Golden Goose opens at 6 a.m. and stays open until 11 p.m., and even offers complementary delivery to the North End, waterfront, and downtown. But customers might want to make the trip themselves, so they can explore firsthand the colorful array of fruits and veggies stacked in the produce section. Buyers select the freshest produce from all over the world every morning, from seasonal berries to mangos. In the butcher shop, employees trim meat and poultry to customer specifications, and shell out fresh seafood like a mermaid with an overstuffed fridge. Deli staff slice Boar’s head cold cuts and imported Italian cold meats and cheeses to order, and also assemble sandwiches, pizzas, and sushi to-go, while bakers craft muffins and cookies, and display them with fresh bread delivered by local artisan bakers twice every day. And, of course, in the grocery aisles, customers will find all the essentials—milk and bread, frozen foods and chips, paper towels and laundry detergent––they need to get through the week. One last surprise? Golden Goose’s liquor selection, which includes domestic, imported, craft, and local brews, along with local wines and better-known whites and reds. Those unsure which wine to choose can also swing by on Wednesdays from 6—8 p.m. for a weekly wine tasting.
The knowledgeable technicians at Funk Bros. Complete Auto Repair care for domestic and imported cars under the supervision of the same service-oriented family that founded the shop in 1925. A slew of preventative services, such as oil changes and air-filter replacements, ward off latent malfunctions, and mechanics also tackle full-blown repairs, taking the time to carefully explain each adjustment to customers. Funk Bros. has also been hired to tune up vehicles on movie sets, from stuntmen’s souped-up cars to directors’ limos made from melted award statuettes.