Central Bottle Wine + Provisions

American Made Since 2009

Liz Vilardi & Nick Zappia & Maureen Rubino & David Rubino

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Inspired by Venetian enotecas, Central Bottle is a hands-on food + wine experience, offering curated wines, cheeses, gourmet foods + provisions.

Tell us about your business.

After an enoteca tour of Venice in 2008, owners of The Blue Room, Nick Zappia and Liz Vilardi, and their friends David and Maureen Rubino, decided to pursue a wine venture highlighting the bond between wine and food and answering the question from restaurant guests, “where do I get this wine, cheese or jam?” Curated with a playful approach, Central Bottle’s wine program centers on small production, sustainable, biodynamic wines from across the globe. Central Bottle experiments with the marriage of food and wine with 85 cheeses and 30 cured meats, plus gourmet “Daley Foods” from Chef Stacey Daley. Stacey’s preserves and jarred items shine summery flavors on New England’s chilly months. Reflecting the shop’s support of local purveyors, goods are sourced from the likes of Mann Farms and Bay End Farm in Buzzards Bay. Seasonal preserves include Bartlett Pear + Moscato Jam, Italian Plum + Concord Grape Jam, Peach + Nectarine Jam, Juliet Tomato Jam, Pickled Peppers and Giardiniera.

What makes your business stand out?

Like its enoteca brethren, Central Bottle immerses people in the culture of great food and wine by hosting events like wine bars, wine + cheese classes, chef demos and tastings. A focus on sustainability and support of local purveyors is reflected in Chef Stacey Daley’s in-house provisions. Once a farmer at Bay End Farm in Buzzards Bay, she works closely with Bay End and others to pick and jar seasonal produce for her preserves, pickles and jams. Central Bottle Cheesemonger Andrew Rich shows 70-80 cheeses at a time with 70-150 cheeses in rotation throughout the year and a strong emphasis on American-made blends. The shop also offers custom Artisan Cheese Platters and Boxes as well as a monthly Cheese Club. In addition to prepared foods, Central Bottle carries provisions chosen around the idea of “one” – just one perfect olive oil, pasta, chocolate and so on. Stacey seeks out products that are locally and responsibly made, sustainable, of superior quality and affordable.

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