An Insider's Take

US Wealth Napolitano |

By: Alexander G. Weiss, CFP®

It can be challenging to write personal articles week in and week out – fortunately I was given a suggestion of what to write. Apparently, it is a forgone conclusion that my growing family will be moving out of the city (which was news to me) and that I have a good pulse on some of the local shops to enjoy near where live. Therefore, here is a condensed list of my favorite places in the wonderful city of Boston.


Cheese Shop

Formaggio; 268 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA

The old saying, ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,’ holds partly true for me. Now, if you filled that stomach with cheese - I would be one of the happiest men on earth. Formaggio (also located in NYC and Cambridge, MA) is a cheese shop that has anything/everything that your cheesy heart desires. The people serving you are well-educated and can satisfy anything you are currently craving (including some dried meats). And if you just want a sandwich with chips or a cookie, well they have that too. Ashley and I usually head here to pick up a few different cheeses, prosciutto, a fresh loaf of bread and a tasty jam so we can make a fun spread for cocktail hour at the house. Just don’t ask me what my favorite cheese is, I still haven’t met one I didn’t like!



Sam LaGrassa's; 44 Province St. Boston, MA

Sometimes you just want a sandwich, plain and simple. Most places have fancy twists on a bunch of the classics. However, if you want the ‘true’ classics, just go this wonderful place. The only issue is that they have such a great business, they are only open weekdays 11:00am to 3:30pm!



Blackbird Donuts; 492 Tremont St, Boston, MA

It pains me to pay $3 for a donut, except when it is the Everything Bagel Donut from Blackbird. If you’re looking for something outside the box, but executed to perfection – this is your place. They now have multiple locations and are in the midst of revamping this specific store, but I am sure they will not change a thing about the donut. Just like a pizza place, you have to start judging by the most basic donut (for me, it is the chocolate glazed). After you realize how amazing they are, you can adventure and try the donut ice cream sandwich… a perfect summer treat.


French Pastry

Café Madeleine; 517 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA

While I enjoy Mike’s and Modern Pastry (speaking from the true Italian that I am), you have to try this adorable, small French patisserie. It is truly a little bit of Paris in the city of Boston. The downside of their limited quantity is quickly made up with the quality of ingredients and attention to detail.


I have many more favorites, but I would love to hear about some of yours, so please share them--I love to try new places!


Until next time….