Local folks, if you haven't had a chance to get down to Moody's Deli & Provisions, you should do so right away. I mean it. Just take exit 26 off 128 (that's one stop north of the Pike) and go straight until you hit the city center and take a right on Moody Street. Go over the river and it'll be five or six blocks on your left. If you hit the old middle school and fire station, you've gone too far.
A few things to know: Meat is the main draw of the place. Locally sourced meat, to be exact, which is then smoked or cured or otherwise prepared right on site. We're talking salami, soppressatta, Italian sausage, chorizo, bratwurst. On one visit a few months back, they had rabbit terrine with cognac-soaked cherries and handmade pork sausages with fennel and orange. On a more recent visit, they had a country pork terrine as well as house-made lomo and coppa (tasty thin slices of cured pork from the shoulder and neck). I don't even want to know what sort of unholy nightmare the permitting process must have been to allow the meats to hang down like an old Italian butchery, but I sure am glad everything worked out. What a gem!
The sandwiches are killer. I've had both the Cuban (smoked ham, pulled pork, chipotle aioli, and sweet pickles on ciabatta) and the bahn mi (crispy pork belly, country pate, smoked pork, daikon, carrots, cilantro, and sriracha aioli on a baguette). These are the kind of sordid sandwich experiences where you have to floss afterwards and then take a nap. God, I love a good sandwich! Don't forget the homemade truffled potato chips for $2. Keep in mind that the prices, which run between $9 and $14 for a lunch-sized portion, reflect the fact that the meat is raised right here in New England and prepared right there in the store. Care and craftsmanship are worth something. Yes, even today, cynical Internet. Word is that the breakfast sandwiches are amazing, too, especially the pork roll. They're also half the price.
Depending on availability, you can get local milk and cream, eggs, maple sugar, homemade stock, lard, and Iggy's baguettes. Just yesterday I found jars of preserved lemons, bacon jam, and some kind of bourbon caramel in the cases. Walk away, Tammy. Just grab your sandwich and walk away. They also have a small rotating collection of local cheeses like Von Trapp Farmstead Oma, Great Hill Blue, and Bonnieview, as well as some imported options like gorgonzola and ricotta salata. It's not as complete a selection of cheese as, say, Russo's or Formaggio, but treasures abound.
Moody's is an amazing place to stop by and pick up the fixings for a fabulous cheese and charcuterie plate with some bread, pickles, and olives. I just can't believe this place is so close to where I live! I could run there if I had to. And, at this rate, I will! So if you do stop in (what are you waiting for? gas money? plane tickets?), be sure to tell Chef Joshua Smith thanks for taking a chance on Waltham!
(Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions, 468 Moody St., Waltham, MA, 781-216-8732)