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Feb 13, 2009 08:03 AM

Best arancini - an unexpected place

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:

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

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  1. 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. 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.

          5 Replies
          1. re: robertlf

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

            1. re: robertlf

              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

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

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    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.

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