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Boston...Wild Boar and/or Burrata

Can you recommend a place that has wild boar and/or buratta on the menu.

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  1. We're going to be really nice to you because Rubee said so.

    Depending on when you are coming to visit, you might find burrata on local menus -- but more likely in the summertime. I always pick mine up from Salumeria Italiana on Richmond Street when the tomatoes are ripe. You can do this too and make a picnic. Wild Boar I haven't seen on menus around town, but if anyone is likely to do it, Trattoria Toscana would.

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    1. re: yumyum

      Thanks! Rubee said you were a nice group.

      1. re: yumyum

        Ha, YY, miss you.

        These are places I've had wild boar: Lucca, Umbria and Bricco. However, none of them recently (it's been a year or two) and the last two are v. pricey.

        Definitely check out Salumeria Italiana when you're in the North End, even if they don't have the burrata. When I did use to order the burrata from them, it came on Thursdays and I would call Monday to reserve.

        http://www.salumeriaitaliana.com/

        1. re: Rubee

          A serious recommendation for Lucca's wild board pasta- out of this world!

          1. re: iamsam

            A second serious recommendation for Lucca's rigatoni with wild boar, it truly is amazing.

            I walked by salumeria and thare was a sign posted that said they have burrata on Fridays.

            1. re: phatchris

              Thanks I made reservations for Lucca's. Can't wait.

      2. Ah, burrata. I'm afraid it's a little hard to come by around here, especially in restaurants.

        You can get imported burrata at a few places around town, most reliably from Salumeria Italiana, and from there most reliably in the warmer months. Definitely best to order in advance.

        Dave's Fresh Pasta in Somerville carries a locally made faux-burrata where the cream center is partly made with yogurt. Not bad, but not the real deal.

        Here's a helpful link to a past thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/338886

        Far and away my favorite authentic Puglian-style restaurant in town is Taranta; I've never seen it on the menu, but if you go, it might be worth asking them if they ever carry it.

        And as an aside: I grew up in Phoenix -- welcome! The pizza at Gran Gusto in Cambridge may help you forget about Pizzeria Bianco. And Angela's Cafe may help you forget about the Camelback Mountain-sized heap of great Mexican restaurants.

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        1. re: finlero

          As for wild boar, I've personally had it at the Blue Room and Craigie Street Bistrot, both in Cambridge, but it's not a permanent fixture on either menu. I've seen it on the menu at Gran Gusto, but I haven't tried it.

          This search string may help too:

          http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bq...

          1. re: finlero

            I'm actually from Philadelphia. Looking forward to some good food in Boston. Salumeria Italiana sounds like a place I should check out.

            1. re: arizonagirl

              In case it's unclear, "Salumeria Italiana" isnt a resto, it's a fine grocery.
              You wrote "menu" ...

          2. I think Monica's does in the NE

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            Vinoteca di Monica
            143 Richmond St., Boston, MA 02109

            1. Salumeria Italiana often runs out of burata -- they recommend that you reserve yours by phone. They get theirs on one of the weekdays, I would call ahead to find out and reserve some. Incidentally, the mozzarella nearby at Tutto Italiano is also very good.

              1. This wasn't your question, but Savenor's Butcher sells the meat. The feral boar bacon is stocked regularly, and you can probably request other cuts anytime.

                1. Via Matta has had burrata on their menu for a while I think, and I seem to recall seeing braised wild boar on their pasta menu as well. That was a couple of months ago....

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                  1. re: Zatan

                    From the Via Matta menu just now:

                    Potato Gnocchi with braised wild boar, black trumpet mushrooms and roasted carrots $24

                    1. re: Zatan

                      I just dined at Via Matta this past weekend, and I had the burrata. It was excellent.

                    2. Want to put in a plug for Bistro 5 in W. Medford. It's a really great place that does game very well, and they nearly always have boar on the menu.

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                      1. re: franksnbeans

                        I feel like the last time I was at Marco thaere was burrata on their Marco salad.

                      2. Not quite burrata, but equally superb, Gran Gusto had a special starter last night of stracciatella over arugula and grape tomatoes. The stracciatella was as creamy and richly flavored as any burrata I've had. Unfortunately for the CH community, I believe someone from GG had just personally brought it back from Italy the night before, so I'm thinking it unlikely to be around for long.

                        I was also pleased to see the room packed and bustling. I'm pretty addicted to their pizza at this point, so it's good to see they will likely be sticking around for a while.

                        1. WE had dinner at Scampo in the Liberty Hotel last night. They had two burrata dishes- one on a crisp bread withcherry tomatoes and micro greens and a " burrata blt".

                          1. Sorellina has a Wild Boar Gnocci on their regular menu as one of the pasta choices which can be ordered as a half portion. Burrata is a little tougher in restaurants but it can be found at the Formaggio Kitchen outposts in the South End and Cambridge, it's usually wonderfully fresh and they get it from a local producer Fiore Di Nonno (Lincoln, MA)

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                            1. re: Food4Thought

                              Burrata from Fiore di Nonno is the kind sold at Dave's Fresh Pasta as well, made, I believe, by Lourdes Smith. Again, her use of yogurt in the center makes it more of a faux burrata, but the result isn't half bad. It's certainly nice to have it fresh and locally made.

                              1. re: finlero

                                I want to adore this burrata because it's fresh and locally made, but it pales in comparison to the real deal from Italy at Sulmeria Italiana. Limster's quite right ... call ahead and ask them to put one or two aside for you so you will be sure it's available when you pull up outside the store.