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Formaggio Kitchen debuts an expanded space in Cambridge with fresh produce and grocery essentials

"We are so very, very grateful to this neighborhood for welcoming us and supporting us all these years," said owner Ihsan Gurdal.

Valerie Gurdal of Formaggio Kitchen
Valerie Gurdal of Formaggio Kitchen Handout

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Formaggio Kitchen opened a new flagship location Monday, moving from its original shop at 244 Huron Ave. to a space down the street at 358 Huron Ave.

Formaggio’s new outpost, which took over the former Fresh Pond Market in Huron Village, is twice the size of its original location, allowing owners Valerie and Ihsan Gurdal to expand on their famed gourmet cheese selection while also adding grocery staples that local residents had come to expect at Fresh Pond Market. An expansive wine and beer section invites guests to shop for bottles, a butcher counter offers fresh cuts of meat, a bakery and produce counter sells both freshly baked breads and pre-packaged items, and a tinned fish case displays shelves of tinned tuna, mackerel, and anchovies. The shop also sells pasta, flowers, and Formaggio’s homemade items like stocks and dips. And that famed cheese cave? That’s at the new location, too.

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The Gurdals first purchased Fresh Pond Market in 2019. Their original plan was to keep Formaggio’s flagship location and turn the new space into an updated neighborhood market, but the pandemic shifted their priorities, and they soon realized that the larger location could function as both an updated Formaggio and a new market.

“I was excited to think I could stand up straight in our custom built cheese cave at this new location, after having to watch my head all these years in the basement of our original shop,” Ihsan shared in a press release, while Valerie said that the new outpost allows them to have “the space to offer an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, grocery market product, and household essentials which will be great for our neighborhood.”

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Formaggio Kitchen first opened in Cambridge in 1978, establishing itself as a cheese emporium that offered a European-style shopping experience. Valerie and Ihsan, who first met at the shop, took over ownership in 1992, and has since grown Formaggio to include locations in Huron Village, the South End, Kendall Square, and New York City.

“We are so very, very grateful to this neighborhood for welcoming us and supporting us all these years,” Ihsan said. “Now we can give back to the community and create a shopping experience that they deserve, with our respected Formaggio product and more of what our neighbors need on a daily basis.”

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Check out Formaggio’s new location at 358 Huron Ave., Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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