Alligator, rattlesnake, or ostrich meat might not be what you had in mind for dinner, but they might tempt you at Savenor’s Market (160 Charles St., 617/723-6328, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon.–Fri.; 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat; midnight–7 p.m. Sun; www.savenorsmarket.com ). Chefs themselves shop at this gourmet shop which also carries more pedestrian fare like kobe beef and truffle oil.
Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe (6 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617/491-8888, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Sat.; 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun., www.cardullos.com ) is a Harvard Square  institution, stocked with international and New England foodstuffs.
Take the North End  home with you at Salumeria Italiana (151 Richmond St., 617/523-0723, 800/400-5916, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat.; www.salumeriaitaliana.com ), an old-world storefront packed with fresh pasta, sauces, and oils.