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And the best dish I've had so far in 2009 is...

...the tortellini soup I got to try last night at Alia Ristorante in Winthrop. We had a number of items there last night and they were all excellent to outstanding, but that homemade tortellini soup was spectacular. It was basically a roasted garlic soup with a tomato base and fresh tortellinis. Can't say enough about it.

The veal orvieto was pretty amazing as well...

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Alia Ristorante
495 Shirley St, Winthrop, MA 02152

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  1. That sounds yum! My favorite dish so far in 2009 was the Spagetti Alla Carbonara at Bina. It was so good, I'm still thinking about it months later.

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    1. re: PorkTerrine

      i will second this dish. and i dream of the pig butter.

    2. For me so far in 2009 it was the Chengdu spicy lamb at the sichuan gourmet. I can't seem to get this dish off my mind. I will have to go back soon.

      1. The sour & spicy cabbage at Fuloon.

        When my daughter ate some, she said, "This is the first time I've had this taste in my mouth since China."

        1. Dwenjang Chigae with seafood and tofu at Min Sok...I always get the seafood jigaes, or soon dubo, but I had a horrible cold and sore throat, and the Dwenjang (fermented soybean paste) is supposed to have health-giving properties...Anyway, it's my new favorite. Still hot, but with a big wallop of umami, kind of like a farm-house style miso-vegatable soup combined with the basic searing heat of a bubbling, spicy jigae. Served in a hot stone pot instead of over a sterno burner, and much thicker...

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          1. re: galleygirl

            We ate at Min Sok the other day and were quite disappointed. I asked the waiter if I could have my spicy tuna sushi w/crunch (aka tempura flakes) as they have other sushi on the menu with them and he said he would have to ask the sushi chef. Unbelievably, the chef didn't know how to do it. Also, we tried their shabu shabu which did not come with ponzu. The wait staff didn't even know what ponzu was. The restaurant is billed as Japanese-Korean but it's really Korean. So we also tried the kalbi bento. That was ok but overall the quality of the food and service was very poor. There are much better Korean restaurants out there.

            1. re: robertlf

              Yes, I always go with the Korean specialties there; except for a bento box here and there, it's definitely a Korean place. However, I have always had excellent, helpful service there; sorry to hear about your experience.

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Another really good one: the pressed ribeye sandwich with horseradish aioli and pickled onions at Audubon Circle. (However, the green salad on the side, usually excellent, was bad, tasting too much of lemon juice and salt.)

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/