Russo's - Watertown's Hidden Gem
If there has ever been a destination grocery store, it is Russo’s in Watertown, Massachusetts.
A small, family-owned business, Russo’s has been nourishing its customers since the 1900s, when Antonio Russo sold produce from his farm at Quincy Market.
Tony Russo and family still own and operate the family business. Tony has been a proponent of fresh local produce since before the term became trendy. In fact, Tony is considered a pioneer in the industry for forging relationships between farmers and wholesalers.
As you approach the market in season, you are immediately greeted with an abundance flowers: Peonies, hydrangea, lilacs…. The colors and smells are intoxicating. Once inside, one cannot help but be taken aback by the abundance of fresh produce, much of it from Massachusetts and the Northeast. The best way to describe the market is a “grocery store without the middle aisles.”
Additionally, there is a great cheese and deli department, and an outstanding bakery. The smell of fresh bread in the morning is a carb lovers dream. Delicious pastries and hot fresh food are available to make one's trip complete.
Twice a week, a fishmonger sells locally caught fish.
As a friend once said, “Going to Russo’s on Sunday in Watertown is like church.”