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Jan 17, 2009 11:25 AM

Where to buy Arborio Rice in San Diego?

I'm looking to make some risotto and none of the grocery stores I've been to (Albertsons, Vons, Henrys) had arborio rice.

Do I have to resort to going to Whole Paychecks for arborio?

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  1. Nevermind. Found domestic grown (California) Arborio at Windmill Farms for just over $2/lb.

    3 Replies
    1. re: meadandale

      just FYI, they also have it at Trader Joes... but yes, I DO love Windmill Farms and miss it since moving away from SD.

      1. re: tiffany

        What is a Windmill Farms and where is this wonderful place?

        1. re: beth1

          Windmill Farms is a store located in Del Cerro (suburb of San Diego). It is owned and operated by Scott Boney of the Boney family that opened the original Boney's stores in San Diego, now known as Henry's Marketplace (and purchased by Wild Oats about 10 years ago). Anyone who has every stepped foot in a Boney's or Henry's will immediately recognize the pedigree when they walk in the place. The store layouts are virtually identical.

    2. We make risotto more or less every week and like Italian grown rice most. The one from the Beretta brand is quite good and you can get it easity in Little Italy at the Mona Lisa and Assenti grocery but also at the World Market shops (obviously for risotto make sure to get superfino). Beretta also sells Carnaroli risotto rice if you want to play around visit different rice to find your prefered one for risotto.

      1. Specialty Produce sells it in giant sacks. They also have good-sized boxes of Carnaroli rice. Not sure on pricing, you'd have to call and check, or go down there.

        1. I have always been able to find arborio rice in the supermarkets. It's probably not the very best quality, but has been acceptable for my wild mushroom risottos. You just have to look very carefully.


          1. We've been buying it at Trader Joe's for years.