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Who makes a great rissotto in Montreal?

morebubbles Feb 12, 2007 08:05 AM

I'm looking for a place to take my brother, who is a rissotto fan. I know we must have some good places to check out! Any ideas appreciated, can travel all over town. Thanks!

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    rooibus Mar 5, 2007 08:39 AM

    Past Cassareccia on Sherbrooke St. West near Melrose had a risotto festival in November. It was great but I am not sure what they have on their regular menu. A little out of the way but worth the trip and easy parking is Terra Cotta in Ville ST. Laurent on Blvd Marcel Laurin and they have a sweet potato risotto as well as one with Gorgonzola cheese and walnuts...rich but to die for. I enjoyed the risotto bar at Halte Urbaine. For making your own I have found the best arborio rice is an organic one produced by Lundberg Farms...a little pricey but a great product.

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    1. re: rooibus
      morebubbles Mar 5, 2007 08:41 AM

      That organic rice sounds familiar. Where do you buy it? (I think I may have seen it at Loblaws)

      1. re: morebubbles
        rooibus Mar 5, 2007 08:44 AM

        loblaws does carry Lundberg farms but they don't always have the Arborio rice for Risotto. I usually have Ecollegey (wilson & somerled in NDG) stock it for me.

      2. re: rooibus
        rooibus Mar 5, 2007 03:39 PM

        pasta Casareccia still has their risotto nights on wednesdays. OOps, my bad..One of the two dishes I mentionnes from terra cotta was a gnocchi, don't remember which.

      3. j
        JES000000 Mar 3, 2007 07:43 PM

        any particularly oustanding vegetarian risotto options out there?

        1. ChefJune Feb 12, 2007 12:14 PM

          Le Muscadin! I know it sounds French, but it's pure-D Italian, through and through! One of the finest Italian restaurants I've encountered anywhere.

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            Campofiorin Feb 12, 2007 10:15 AM

            I've heard good reports on the risotto bar at Halte Routière on Bernard (Outremont Theatre restaurant). It's owned by Ian Perreault, chef-owner of AREA.

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            1. re: Campofiorin
              carswell Feb 12, 2007 10:20 AM

              Methinks you mean Halte urbaine, Campo. www.halteurbaine.com

              The suckling pig risotto with foie gras shavings at Le Club Chasse et Pêche is legendary.

              1. re: carswell
                Frenchie Feb 12, 2007 11:24 AM

                Oh my god! Yes! I can still taste CC&P's risotto. I was there two weeks ago and had, once again, the fabulous risotto. Just the thought of it brings a large smile on my face.

                1. re: carswell
                  Campofiorin Feb 13, 2007 05:10 AM

                  That's right, I had a brain fart.

                2. re: Campofiorin
                  swissfoodie Feb 12, 2007 12:00 PM

                  Actually, I posted my experience at Halte Urbaine and was quite disappointed. Here is my review: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/350385

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