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Nov 15, 2006 05:27 PM

Russo's today

My 2 yr old partner in crime and I took a roadtrip to Russos this morning. They were stocking up for the holidays. Piles of pantenone displayed by the registers. The pies looked great too. We got lots of goodies. A beautiful loaf of ciabatta(under $2!)on which I am now enjoying some fresh buff mozz, hot toscano salami and proscuitto with a side of those New York dill pickle chips. Enjoyed a very good almond croissant on the way home. The little guy has his fill of pears, plums and those seedless big red globe grapes and is now passed out. The place is amazing. Beautiful broccoli crowns on sale .98/lb. this week!

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  1. Yeah, I love it there, but it gets so unbearably crowded on the weekends.

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    1. re: uman

      it's the price you pay... :)

      1. re: okra

        Yes it is. I feel like I need to self-medicate before going in on a busy day. They should hand out samples of scotch on the way in.

        1. re: uman

          Can't help with the crowds inside the store, but my one sanity-preserving tip for weekends is to park in the way-back lot -- down the street to the right of the main lot and around the back. (Quite possibly this is common knowledge but I found it kind of life-changing.) It's still close to the store and much less prone to gridlock than the main lot. And ... to include some chow-content, I strongly recommend the Amish roll butter -- salty, delicious and cheap.

          1. re: MichaelB

            i second that amish butter, amen. cheap and delicious. i just finished my 1-lb roll last week. and speaking of amish dairy stuff, does anyone know where you can buy amish milk?

            1. re: dchow

              Does anyone know where I can order Amish butter? If so please let me know with a name and phone number. Thanks in advance TexasL

          2. re: uman

            hahaha, a truer thing was never said!

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        1. I love this place as well...although the more we rave about this place the more people go.

          One of my only problems (and this is truly my problem) is that I always buy more than I can use. I buy stuff that I am not sure what I am going to do with simply because it looks good and the prices are so low (for most things).

          I guess it is an unfortunate commentary on the other produce vendors in the area. Whole Foods has fine produce but very expensive compared to Russo's and I needn't comment on the mega-chains (Shaws/Star, S&S, etc.). Verrill Farms has wonderful heirloom tomatoes in season but other than that I don't find it that great.

          Any thoughts of other markets in the Greater Boston area that are worth a visit?

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          1. re: JWR

            Try the Asian markets. We went to Russo's last Saturday (complete bedlam, gridlock in the parking lot!), then to C Mart in Boston. We found kabocha pumpkins in C Mart which the Russo's people hadn't even heard of. I already had too much stuff but the produce at C Mart is very fresh and well priced. Naturally they emphasize Asian vegetables so if you're looking for heirloom tomatoes or chanterelles they won't have them.

          2. Check out Wilson Farms in Lexington. I like it almost as much as I like Russo's.


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            1. re: BJK

              Love Wilson Farm. I live in Melrose, and make the trip there for all of my produce. Their meat,cheese and bakery is great,too. One great thing about Wilsons is their organization. No matter how crowded, I am always in an out quickly. This weekend they will probably have some of the emmployees walking the shopping carts to your car- keeps the parking lots easier to maneuver.

              1. re: macca

                does russo's ever carrt burrata cheese

                1. re: Dio di Romanese

                  Don't know- sorry. I shop at Wilsons- but may try Russo's one day.

            2. I love both Russo's and Wilson Farms. However, if possible Russo's can be too fresh, meaning their stuff seems to go bad more quickly than other places. Does anyone else find this? Because of this, you almost have to fight the weekend crowds if you want to make a nice meal Saturday night or Sunday.