There is certainly no shortage of supermarkets in the Boston area where patrons can purchase a little bit of everything. However, those with more discerning palates appreciate the specialty neighborhood markets dispersed throughout the city.
Here are four local favorites where you will find some of the finest meats, cheeses, wines, and much more.
1. Savenor's Market (Beacon Hill)
Savenor's Market originally opened in 1939 and now has locations at 160 Charles Street in Boston and 92 Kirkland Street in Cambridge.
Known for its incredible meat selection, this neighborhood market has served Kennedys, Rockefellers and even Julia Child, America's fist celebrity chef. In fact, when filming her PBS cooking show, The French Chef, Child used Savenor's as her exclusive meat provider.
Try their famous heritage pork, naturally raised poultry, massive steaks, and exotic meats as well as seafood, wild game, and fresh, locally-grown produce.
2. DJ's European Market & Deli (Dorchester)
This Polish market bakes all its incredible cakes, cookies, breads, and pastries fresh from scratch each day. They are renowned for their Pączkis, Polish doughnuts made from sweet yeast dough that is hand rolled, filled, fried, and then coated with sugar. Try them filled with Raspberry, Plum Butter, Lemon, or Rose, or go for the original with no filling.
In addition to their drool-worthy baked goods, DJ's is also known for its in-store-hand-linked sausages, pierogis, homemade soups, and sandwiches made from European and American cold cuts.
3. Salumeria Italiano (North End)
After more 50 years serving loyal patrons in their tiny shop along the Freedom Trail, Salumeria Italiano has earned the right to declare themselves Boston’s best Italian grocery. They offer a vast selection of authentic Italian cold cuts, cheese, olives, freshly-baked bread, coffee, sweets, and much much more.
Stock up in store or order online!
4. J. Pace & Son (Seaport/West End/Saugus)
This authentic, family-run, multi-generational Italian "Groceria" is known for its fabulous selection of pre-made meals, fresh meats, made-to-order sandwiches, and bakery items. Since opening in the 1960s, J. Pace & Son has grown exponentially with three shops throughout the Boston area.
Stop in for breakfast, lunch or an easy, delicious dinner you can heat and serve to the whole family!