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Jul 20, 2008 02:32 PM

Squaquerone? Piadini? Fritto Misto with Fruit?

After a trip to Italy and a few memorable meals in the Emilia-Romagna region, I'm wondering if it's possible to find any of those traditional favorites in Manhattan. Squaquerone is a fresh, delicate white cheese that can be served with piadini, a sandwich-sized fried bread. I'd also love to find a traditional fritto misto -- a plate of (surprisingly light and digestible) deep-fried foods. It's not too hard to find fritto misto with seafood, but I'm pining for the kind with meats and vegetables (especially squash blossoms and asparagus) and the dessert version with fried fruit and custard.

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  1. Just reading this made my stomach growl. I've never seen squaquerone here anywhere, not even at a place like Di Palo. I think maybe it's too fresh to import? There was a boom in places making piadine a few years ago, but I found them all so expensive that they just made me sad (and, ironically, the piadina at the restaurant Piadina is horrible). There was a piadina place on the LES (maybe on the northern end of Clinton?) and another one in the Flatiron, like maybe on 22nd Street. I'm not sure they're there anymore. They're not hard to make at home, FWIW.

    1. Naturally, after responding to this a couple weeks ago, I saw squaquerone today! They had it at Buon Italia, the Italian import place in Chelsea Market.

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      1. re: scrittrice

        Thanks! I live in Boston, but I'll make a beeline for Buon Italia the next time I'm in NY. Now, why won't anyone fry us up a nice platter of fruit and custard squares?