Belly Wine Bar is the newest concept from the owners of the Blue Room and Central Bottle. Located adjacent to the Blue Room in Kendall Square, Belly is a modern space with a fun wine list and great menu of snacks and small plates to accompany the wine.
The eccentric wine list is curated by Liz Viraldi of Central Bottle. The sections of the wine list aren't organized regions or type of grape but in offbeat categories like oysters I love you, rocks in your mouth, and a wee bit sparkling. Wine is available in four different sizes, so you can get less than a class which makes it easy to try a bunch of different varieties. Or you can get magnum size if just one bottle just won't cut it. Every wine we tried was completely unique, from mineral-y whites to spicy reds, you probably won't see many wines you recognize.
The charcuterie is prepared in house by the Executive Chef of the Blue Room, Robert Grant, and Central Bottle's Cheesemonger Stephanie Santos takes care of the cheese. Her organization of the cheese menu is similar to that of the wine, the menu just lists the qualities rather than the type or origin: fresh, butter, earth, salt, funk, whole, home grown, the blues or Parmigiano-Reggiano. Because it is hands down my favorite cheese, I fully support Parm being in a category of its own. Which is why I had to order this...
They cut the cheese to order straight from an enormous wheel of Parm sitting behind the bar. Served with only fresh honey, it's a very simple dish but the quality of the cheese is so good you don't need anything else to enjoy it.
I'm excited to try the charcuterie and other cheese options. Like most new places in Kendall, it's hard not to love it! Has anyone been yet?
One Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.