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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. the ones at umbertos on hanover are huge and yummy

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

      1. 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. 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.

          1. 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).

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

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                1. re: fmcoxe6188

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

                2. 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. 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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                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Ditto the short rib ones at Sage!

                      1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          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.

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

                          1. 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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                            1. re: Monty

                              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..

                              http://flickr.com/photos/61246842@N00...

                              1. re: 9lives

                                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..

                            2. 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.

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

                                1. 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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                                  1. re: pcone2

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