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Arancini in Boston

lisasev Dec 18, 2008 08:37 AM

Hi, I will be in Boston in a few weeks and would like to try some arancini. Would love some recommendations. Thanks.

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  1. cassoulady RE: lisasev Dec 18, 2008 08:39 AM

    the ones at umbertos on hanover are huge and yummy

    1. StriperGuy RE: lisasev Dec 18, 2008 08:46 AM

      Galleria Umberto (big huge yummy monsters) and Teatro (much more delicate) make my favorites.

      1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: lisasev Dec 18, 2008 08:57 AM

        Third on Umberto. The one problem is that this place (on Hanover Street in the North End) is only open for lunch, and they shut down when they run out of food, so be prepared to be hungry for arancini between, say, 11:30 and 1:30 Monday through Saturday. They may be open a bit later than that, but chances are good they'll be out of arancini.

        1. hiddenboston RE: lisasev Dec 18, 2008 08:59 AM

          I like the ones at Umberto, too. I also like the ones at Pescatore in the Ball Square section of Somerville, and their hours--and parking situation--are much less of a hassle than Umberto.

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            chucktownlady RE: lisasev Dec 18, 2008 03:20 PM

            even better than umberto's arancini is vinny's at night's arancini. it's divine. vinny's is in east somerville, just a few blocks from the orange line (sullivan square).

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              Stride RE: lisasev Dec 18, 2008 03:25 PM

              I love the arancini at Pescatore in Somerville. They come as an appetizer, 2 to a serving, so perfect to share and scrumptious to eat!

              1. fmcoxe6188 RE: lisasev Dec 19, 2008 07:51 AM

                The ones at Stella in the South End were also quite good

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                  skylark938 RE: fmcoxe6188 Mar 10, 2009 08:13 PM

                  I agree. Stella used to have a nice moist arancini. Has anyone tried theirs lately?

                2. TomH RE: lisasev Dec 19, 2008 07:56 AM

                  Hands down the best arancini I have had is at Meridian Market in East Boston. They sell out pretty quickly so be sure to get there before 2:00pm as they are usually gone by then.

                  1. MC Slim JB RE: lisasev Dec 19, 2008 04:40 PM

                    You all have mentioned many of my favorites. A couple I don't see: short rib arancini on the stuzzi menu (small plates) at Sage; Domenic's Italian Bakery in Waltham, where I usually have a sub and maybe a mini-cannolo for lunch and take an arancini for a mid-afternoon snack or the next day's breakfast.

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                      hsquare2southend RE: MC Slim JB Dec 20, 2008 02:17 PM

                      Ditto the short rib ones at Sage!

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                        TomH RE: MC Slim JB Dec 22, 2008 06:01 AM

                        That short rib arancini sounds amazing. I think I see a trip to Sage in our future!

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                          chuck s RE: MC Slim JB Mar 11, 2009 07:46 AM

                          Had the short rib arancini at Sage the other night. That along with my braised veal breast appetizer were amazing but most of us in our party of nine found the rest of the meal disappointing. My wife got the veal entree , found it too salty, sent it back twice, then finally gave up.

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                          treb RE: lisasev Dec 20, 2008 04:45 AM

                          Galleria Umberto in the north-end on Hanover St., the best.

                          1. Monty RE: lisasev Dec 20, 2008 07:59 AM

                            If you find yourself in East Boston Meridian Market has great arancini and many other tasty italian specialty foods to go.

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                              9lives RE: Monty Dec 20, 2008 08:35 AM

                              I'm a fan of Meridian Mkt...but I prefer the arancini at Galleria Umberto. MM does do great stuff..

                              We had this after lunch at Rincon Limeno..


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                                Rubee RE: 9lives Mar 10, 2009 07:09 PM

                                Thanks a lot 9Lives for posting this pic! I know this topic is from 2008, but now I have a craving for a Meridien Special..

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                              bigred RE: lisasev Dec 21, 2008 07:46 AM

                              The best arancini that I had was at Via Matta--they don't list it on the menu, but they will always make it for you. It's better than all the places that I've tried in the North End and came closest to the taste of the arancinis that I had in Italy.

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                                Taralli RE: lisasev Dec 22, 2008 06:56 AM

                                Prezza in the Northend usually has a version, website menu listing "Butternut Squash Arancini, lobster, brown butter & sage. Menupages lists fava bean arancini.

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                                  pcone2 RE: lisasev Mar 10, 2009 02:09 PM

                                  The Waltham address for Dominic's Italian Bakery is 987 Main st. in Waltham. Also Salem Foods on 468 Moody St. in Waltham has arancini.

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                                    winecafe95 RE: pcone2 Mar 10, 2009 05:37 PM

                                    La Morra, La Morra, La Morra!!! They are UNBELIEVABLY scrumptious! (Rte. 9 in Brookline)

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