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Cintolo’s Market

February 13th, 2010

I’ve only been to Cintolo’s once before to get some signatures to run for town meeting but I heard they sell great homemade sausage on Thursdays so I went to check it out.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Cintolo’s is a little neighborhood market that has been in business for 70 years and people who go in there end up talking with Mr. & Mrs. Cintolo for a while, sometimes pulling up a chair and staying a while.   The nice thing is that if they don’t know they don’t make you feel like you don’t belong there. When I went in to buy the sausage, Mrs. Cintolo was asking me how I planned on cooking it and gave me suggestions on different recipes. 
Also, I  though it was cute that even though they’ve been in business so long and have a regular clientele, she was interested in how I heard about them.  She was just so nice and easy to talk to.  I went in there to get one thing and ended up talking with her for 10-15 minutes and she asked me to come back and let her know how I liked the sausage.
I sauteed it with onions and peppers and it was dee-licious!

This is one of the most adorable small business in Framingham and worth making the trip for sausage.
Cintolo’s is at 371 Grant Street.  They don’t have a sign anymore, I forgot to ask if it was because of a storm or the ridiculously strict sign regulations in town, but you should be able to recognize it by the striped awning in front of the store.


  1. Can we help local businesses by somehow getting a rep or any political figure in Framingham to give the small business owner in town the ability to put signs out without such restrictions?

    Is that a run-on sentence? 😀

    Anyway, excellent post good post. This is my first time hearing about this market.

    Thanks again Michelle!

    Comment by Mark February 13, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

  2. Michelle,

    There was a sign on Cintolo’s until recently. I am not sure if the Sign By-Law has anything to do with the sign being gone. I used to go into Cintolo’s quite a bit but it’s been awhile since I’ve been there. Lou Cintolo has run Cintolo’s for 70 years. His wife handles most of the business end at this time. This part of Framingham (Hartfore St. area) used to be called “Lokerville” and for years Lou was affectionately called, “The Mayor of Lokerville”!

    Comment by Rev. Bob Baril February 13, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

  3. It is great to hear that Louie is still making those great sausages. They were always the best around. Simply no equal.

    Comment by Joe Terranova February 15, 2010 @ 10:32 am

  4. The sign blew down in a storm recently. They’re planning to have it replaced soon.

    The Cintolo’s sausages are great. And visiting with the Cintolo’s is a lot of fun. Mr. Cintolo tells great stories about his early working years. And Mrs. Cintolo has great recipes to share.

    They don’t stock a lot of the shelves, but they’re always there when someone needs them.

    Comment by Susie February 15, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

  5. I’ve been friends with their son, Mike since grade school and never knew they made sausages. They were once known for their meats.

    Comment by John Flynn May 9, 2010 @ 8:26 am

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