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Looking for a good Cioppino

Ali G Nov 13, 2006 04:06 PM

Just got back from vacation in Maui and had an excellent cioppino at a seafood restaurant in Lahaina. The broth was thick like a stew as opposed to soup and it had a nice spicy kick. Anyone have any favorites around Boston? I don't recall seeing it on too many menus, but I was thinking a place like Neptune might have it? I know it's more of a San Fran creation and not traditional Italian, but figured a seafood oriented place in the North End might make a good rendition.

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    Pegmeister RE: Ali G Nov 13, 2006 04:13 PM

    Neptune serves it. Their version is more brothy than stew like, but it is delicious. It comes with grilled fish served on top and shrimp with the head still on. I've seen it as a special in some of the other North End restaurants but it is a little different at each restaurant you may want to call around.

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      BBHound RE: Ali G Nov 13, 2006 04:16 PM

      Out of the Blue in Davis Square, Somerville, does a very good version.

      1. lissy RE: Ali G Nov 13, 2006 04:26 PM

        I've seen it on the B&G menu though I don't think I've had it.

        1. sailormouth RE: Ali G Nov 13, 2006 04:29 PM

          Don't call me a barbarian, but I quite like the cioppino at Legal. Soupy, Indian type tomato flavor. I think it's probably the best value on the menu too.

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            IreneC RE: Ali G Nov 13, 2006 04:45 PM

            The Brewery Exchange on Cabot Street in Lowell, between Tsongas Arena and Lalacheur Park, serves an excellent cioppino in both a half and full order. Even the half order was enough to take home a doggie bag.

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              jcanncuk RE: Ali G Nov 13, 2006 05:18 PM

              Cioppino at B&G is very good, but I have to confess that my favorite is at Stella on Washington St near W Newton. I've had it 3 or 4 times and it's always incredible! I've taken others there specifically for the Cioppino and they are always blown away - perfect broth - flavorful and just the right amount of spice. Loads of fresh, not over-cooked fish and seafood, nice presentation (in a copper bowl with a top that flips over and doubles as a bowl to toss your mussel shells), excelent crusty baguette on the side.....really, I can't imagine better.

              1. anitab RE: Ali G Nov 14, 2006 05:14 PM

                I have had the cioppino at B&G and found to it to be bland with not enough seafood. Not to get too far off-track, but I have been to B&G 3x and have been disappointed every time. Lobster roll, cioppino, and a monkfish special were the 3 entrees I have ordered. Maybe my expectations are too high...?

                My idea of a good cioppino is what Ali G described - thick and spicy. Unfortunately, I don't think the one at Stella really measures up either. It also lacks flavor. Overall, I do think Stella is one of the best in the South End, if not all of Boston.

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                  wontonton RE: Ali G Nov 14, 2006 05:43 PM

                  I used to order it from Antonio's on Cambridge St., Beacon Hill. You can ask for a red or white sauce. Never was disappointed by it.

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