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Feb 15, 2007 09:55 AM

Albanian looking for real Albanian food!

Since the closing of Cafe Appolonia in Rozzy I'm at a loss for somewhere to get an authentic Albanian oriented dinner. Anyone here know of anywhere else I can try?????

I'm willing to travel as much as 2 hours (I live in Hubbardston MA, 5 minutes from Mount Wachusett) from home for a special occasion dinner. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Falemnderit Shumë!,
Ras Bardhylis

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  1. That's a tough one. You might want to explore Worcester. It has a large Albanian population. I remember a place called Coes that had lots of Albanian specialties, but I think they changed the menu years back. Still, wouldn't be surprised if Worcester had at least one or two places that served Albanian cuisine.

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    1. re: Bostonbob3

      Lot's of Albanians, but I don't think there are any Albanian restos.

      1. re: Bostonbob3

        South Boston used to be a center for Albanians (the Albanian Orthodox cathedral still sits proudly over the center of Southie - one wonders what families that still attend there might recommend) - Southie was not just center of the Boston Irish, but the Boston Lithuanians and Boston Albanians.

      2. This is one that may be worth a try, though I've yet to try it myself:

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        1. re: Gordito

          Great find, Gordito. They do serve Albanian (although I haven't eaten there either). I don't think they serve dinner though.

        2. Believe it or not, I have an Albanian acquaintance who highly recommends, of all places, Trattoria Toscana in the Fenway.

          This place is a perennial Chowhound darling known for its outstanding Tuscan food; however, the Albanian chef/owner has apparently been known to dish out some great traditional Albanian fare upon request.

          I'd certainly call in advance to see how feasible this would be, but if the Albanian dishes are prepared as well as the regular menu items, this would be an excellent bet.

          1. I understand that Apolonia will still have Albanian specialties. The people from Alba may be involved.

            1. I checked out their menu ( I LOVED the place when it was Appolonia) but so far all I see it Burgers and nachos :( I'm bummed and have to find somewhere I can get some real home cooking like Mama & Nana used to make!

              Ras B

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              1. re: RasBardhylis

                I'm pretty sure the chef/owner of Basta Pasta outside of Central Square in Cambridge is also Albanian. Their menu is Italian, but they do a lot of daily specials and are quite nice. Perhaps you could talk them into cooking up an Albanian meal.

                1. re: iss

                  I'll have to give it a try next time I'm in the area.
                  Thanks, RasB

                  1. re: RasBardhylis

                    Was at Basta Pasta for lunch today and spoke with The owner/chef. He and his
                    co workers are Albanian, but he doesn't cook any Albanian dishes. His food is more
                    South Mediteranian . Anyway, its a great place, great food and value and if nothing else, you could speak Albanian with them.