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Best arancini - an unexpected place

fecalface Feb 13, 2009 08:03 AM

I've always enjoyed arancini, trying it at all the favorite CH destinations. However, I think I may have stumbled upon a new source for the area's best - Tufts University Dining Services - Hotung Cafe (Mezze Kitchen to be precise).

Unbelievable, but true. I think this is because there are a number of older Italian women working in Hotung cafe in Tufts' campus center who whip these up when they're feeling inspired. The arancini are made with a spinach rice with a cheese and sauce core. Nice crisp fry, thin breading, not greasy at all. They charge $3.50 for one, but it comes on top of a small mixed green salad. Makes for a small lunch or a good snack.

Note: availability of these might be variable and Hotung Cafe only takes cash.

Link to Tufts Dining: http://dining.tufts.edu/?pid=17

Curious to see if any other CHers have discovered these...

  1. StriperGuy Feb 13, 2009 08:13 AM

    Awesome tip.

    I tried an arancino from Francesca in Arlington the other day, but unfortunately they microwaved it which turned it into mush.

    It had potential so I will probably go again and just make sure they warm it in the Pizza oven. Also had some awesome chicken, meatball escarole soup.

    1. Bob Dobalina Feb 13, 2009 08:40 AM

      Nice find!

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        Wursthof Feb 13, 2009 01:59 PM

        Nice moniker too!

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          robertlf Feb 13, 2009 09:34 PM

          Tomasso's in Southborough has good arancini - the small size balls. Would be interesting to see a list of Arancini places. Galleria Umberto in the North End has large ones but aren't that flavorful. There's ah Italian bakery in Medford Square that also has the large arancini and those are good.

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          1. re: robertlf
            StriperGuy Feb 13, 2009 11:58 PM

            Teatro does a nice small version as part of their app plate. Not sure if they sell them solo too.

            1. re: robertlf
              buffet king Feb 14, 2009 10:23 AM

              The Italian bakery in Medford Square is Modern Pastry on Salem Street. I have had their arancini a couple of times. They are good. In my opinion the arancini at Galleria Umberto on Hanover Street in Boston's North End are the best.

              Modern Pastry
              20 Salem St, Medford, MA

              Umberto Galleria
              289 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

              1. re: buffet king
                sfumato Feb 17, 2009 02:32 PM

                I love Umberto's arancini. Everyone should try them if possible.

                1. re: sfumato
                  StriperGuy Feb 17, 2009 02:59 PM

                  They set the standard in my book.

                  1. re: StriperGuy
                    chucktownlady Feb 17, 2009 04:28 PM

                    Have you had the arancini at Vinny's on Broadway in East Somerville? Try these, then tell me that Umberto's are the best. :]
                    I agree with Robert -- I felt Umberto's arancini were very generous, but not well flavored.

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              abs294 Feb 14, 2009 04:08 PM

              Thanks for the tip! I work at Tufts so I'll definitely have to check it out.

              1. Ali G Feb 17, 2009 04:08 PM

                Not so convenient to Tufts, but the arancini at Domenic's in Waltham was very good last time I had one. They are the larger style.

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                  FoodTruth Feb 18, 2009 08:44 AM

                  Dante's arancini are totally non-traditional and small but very delicous. Its often delivered as a gift from the kitchen before dinner starts, but definitely worth ordering.

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                    AmandaRG Feb 18, 2009 01:01 PM

                    My favorite is found at Bob's Imported Food Store & Catering in Medford. They make really great prepared foods to take home.

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