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Doug Mc. Dec 19, 2006 08:33 PM

Any fans of Italian style tripe out there, I have the place for you. My father used to feed me tripe when I was younger, not telling me what it is was. All I knew was that I liked it. It has become hard to find any place that serves it nowadays. Saturday was always tripe day, so when I was in the North End this past weekend, I was on a mission. After starting off with an "App" of stuffed squid & Monkfish Marsala & a bottle of Nero d' Avola at the Daily Catch, I was on my way. Stopped by some of the older more established rest's with no luck. Finally a handwritten note on a door: "Tripe $7.95". Ah the good old days. Entered to find an empty dinning room. The waiter said come back a 5:00. After hearing that, I thought for sure "Tripe $7.95" would be for lunch only. Nope dinner too. Good thing I had an "App". Hour & a half later & couple of wine tastings at the various merchants I was back. The only thing I had to order was the bottle of Barbera, as the waiter, which turned out to be the Manager/Owner knew what I was there for. "Tripe $7.95". The bowl was a big as a basketball & the best I have ever had. BELLA VISTA, Hanover St.

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  1. paulj Dec 19, 2006 11:01 PM

    What is this Italian style tripe like? The only tripe that I've had in a restaurant is the Mexican menudo soup. I have, though, cooked tripe working from a 'Roman' recipe in the big Gourmet cookbook. That is, the tripe is cooked in a vegetable rich tomato sauce, producing something similar to a thick Bologaise (but with the distinctive texture of tripe pieces).

    paulj

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      Doug Mc. Dec 20, 2006 01:06 AM

      The reason I say "Italian Style" is more refering to the culture. As you stated, you've had it "Mexican style", which I have never had. But it does sound good. Sounds like you've cooked it just right, with your Roman recipe.

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        onefoodguy Dec 21, 2006 01:34 PM

        The Dim Sum restaurants in China Town (Chau Chow City and China Pearl) both sell tripe as a Dim Sum offering.

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        1. re: onefoodguy
          Luther Dec 22, 2006 09:33 AM

          The tripe (long strips steamed with ginger and jalapenos) at Hei La Moon is totally awesome.

        2. Rubee Dec 21, 2006 03:31 PM

          I haven't been in a while, but Nebo (North End - Washington) used to have a tasty tripe dish - served in a spicy tomato sauce.

          1. kobuta Dec 21, 2006 06:41 PM

            I grew up eating tripe in Chinese cooking, but I really love the stuff at dimsum, especially the places that add the right amount of chili to it and give it a little kick. Yummy!

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              StriperGuy Dec 21, 2006 06:46 PM

              Recently had a delicious tripe app at Wang's fast food in Somerville.

            2. Aromatherapy Dec 21, 2006 09:34 PM

              Seen it as a special in old-style neighborhood places like the Paddock in Somerville and Bocelli's in Medford, have not tried so far. I like the tripe & beans at J&J in Somerville (Portuguese). Also various cold Chinese preps, that's what got me into it in the first place (yay Wang's!).

              1. steinpilz Dec 21, 2006 10:55 PM

                I very much like both dim-sum tripe and Italian tripe (though I've only had the Italian once). Also like your bottle of this, bottle of that style!

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