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Dec 6, 2006 06:00 PM

Arancini (rice balls)

Does anyone have a favorite spot for arancini (rice balls) in the greater Boston area. I'm looking for a place north of Boston that has hot fresh arancini. I tried the arancini at Domenic's in Waltham yesterday. They were okay but small. I have been to Galleria Umberto in the North End but don't want the hassle of trying to find a parking spot. I also don't want to get a parking ticket for double parking on Hanover Street. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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  1. via matta had them on their enoteca menu -- not sure if they still do. sounds like you're looking for something more hefty (these are kind of small, like the size of a golf ball), though, and with easier parking.

    1. Parking or no, Galleria Umberto makes the best version I've had in town (which still doesn't compete with the best I've had in Italy IMO, but I admit that O is highly biased). I haven't cared much for Nebo's or La Summa's. The menu on Prezza's website lists some fancy ones with butternut squash, hazelnuts and crab--but I'm not sure where the actual rice ball is in all of that.

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      1. re: tatamagouche

        Hi Tatamagouche. I just had Prezza's arancini last week - delicious. The hazelnuts, crab, and cubed butternut squash are part of the brown-butter 'sauce' for the arancini.

        Pic of the ones with lobster and mascarpone from this summer:

        1. re: Rubee

          Wow, those look good. Hardly Sicilian street food but darned handsome.

          1. re: tatamagouche

            Sorellina also has a fancy-schmancy mighty tasty arancini.

            1. re: Rubee

              Have to agree. My DC had them when we were there on the w/e and they were wicked good

      2. stella in the south end has decent ones.

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        1. re: coookie

          Once upon a time I *LOVED* the arancini at Stella - they were served in a delicious, tangy tomato sauce. On my last visit they had changed the sauce to something so spicy I couldn't taste the arancini nor my bolognese entree.

          1. re: heathermb

            Last I had them was over a year ago, so it's too bad that they've been ruined :(

        2. La Cascia's in Medford has Umberto-esque ones, filled with beef or spinach.

          They also have remarkably good Sicilian slices. Heresy, I know, but I personally prefer them to Umberto's.

          1. While I agree that I would never even dream of driving a car into the North End, Galleria Umberto's arancini are so superior that unless you have a health issue that keeps you from walking a few blocks, why not take the T?