went to the lambert's in norwood?westwood?, thanks to emdb and galleygirl's mention. very nice-looking produce (they had a very small section of organic produce) and real san marzano canned tomatoes. best-tasting purchase -- oil-cured olives (new to me) from the deli case. i think they were like $6-7/lb.
but then yesterday sister and i hit bob's pita in roslindale square (after finding that the fish market wasn't open) and found those same olives for 1/5 the price (i'm pretty sure of this -- the same amount of olives, about half a pound, cost less than a dollar). also got some unbranded feta cheese (bagged, in a bin in the back), red peppers ($1.25/lb!) and pita loaves (so good and fresh).
we then ventured into the village market (ros sq) -- i didn't buy anything for myself but did see that their short ribs were $2.19/lb (i've been doing a lot of braising this winter and have been keeping my eyes open for these prices), best "regular" price i've seen so far -- will definitely come back for these.
then we checked out fornax across the street. their bread is so pale -- it looks italian to me, and though they label it as european-style (yes, i know italy is a part of europe), that label makes me think of bread with a dark, caramelized crust. does anyone their story? we took home a small baguette-looking item (sf-something or other). no real crust, very chewy (but not in a sourdough kind-of way). it had no flavor, no aroma, just nothing at all.