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Pre-Vacation Russo's trip?

mcb70 Aug 18, 2009 05:05 AM

I am planning on hitting Russo's in preparation for a Cape house rental. I would like to buy some cheese, maybe some homemade pasta, certainly produce (though I don't think I need recs on that), maybe some baked goods, prepared foods?.... I would love some specific recommendations! Thanks so much

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    bornagainitalian RE: mcb70 Aug 18, 2009 07:48 AM

    I really like the mushroom ravioli and purity ricotta cheese. I can't offer much help with the prepared foods but the Rugula pastry is very nice as is their rustic bread. Try to go on a weekday it will be easier for the counter staff to help you try the different cheeses.

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      mcb70 RE: bornagainitalian Aug 18, 2009 09:45 AM

      Thanks for the advice. Mushroom ravioli sounds yummy.

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      cookiezim RE: mcb70 Aug 18, 2009 09:51 AM

      Their guacamole is fabulous - would be great to take a ton of it to the Cape! Their half sour pickles are also great. Baked goods are all terrific.

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        mcb70 RE: cookiezim Aug 18, 2009 12:45 PM

        guacamole is a great idea- thanks!

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        y2000k RE: mcb70 Aug 18, 2009 11:01 AM

        For prepared foods, I like their fresh salsa, various olives, and cornichons.

        My husband likes the 7 Grain sliced half-loaf from by Nashoba Bakery. He uses them to make lunch sandwiches. For deli cheese, we've tried most of it and we like the Smoked cheddar the best. Avoid the smoked gouda - it's great but it sticks together and becomes a mess.

        We also buy the boxed nuts (walnuts, pistachios etc) which we toast slightly and add to green salad.

        1. Bob Dobalina RE: mcb70 Aug 18, 2009 02:01 PM

          From a recent trip to Central America - if they have cherimoya / guanabana / soursop - buy them, juice them and then throw in 2 parts juice to 1 part milk - add ice and blend for a truly refreshing milkshake.

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            Stride RE: mcb70 Aug 18, 2009 02:54 PM

            Russo's also has some nice desserts. I've brought their berry pies to potlucks a couple of times and they've been delicious.

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              Spenbald RE: mcb70 Aug 18, 2009 03:14 PM

              Not sure if you're in the market for any of their meat, which can be great (we've had some great steaks and ground beef that's relatively local and grassfed), but they tend to carry some impossibly long dates on their packages. More than once we've waited to use their meat (at a Cape rental last week, in fact!) only to find it spoiled. If you do go for any of the meat, freeze it right away if you're not going to use it within a couple days.

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                teezeetoo RE: Spenbald Aug 18, 2009 06:21 PM

                i love the white anchovies (by the feta cheese), their olives and POE pickles, i get sarabeth jam and olive oil and wine vinegar here along with my veggies, fruits, and cheese - i use their "prosciutto" ends (at the deli counter, usually 3.99 a pound) to make fabulous black bean soup or split pea soup and i buy the black beans or lentils there too.

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                  mcb70 RE: Spenbald Aug 19, 2009 04:56 AM

                  Great advice, thanks....

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                  Scruffy The Cat RE: mcb70 Aug 18, 2009 08:22 PM

                  I'm a big fan of the Niman Ranch Jambon Royale ham. You can get it at WF but it's cheaper at Russo's. It's like a hammier version of prosciutto- stupendous in sandwiches with some of their very good bread.

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                    suzysue2 RE: Scruffy The Cat Aug 18, 2009 08:52 PM

                    They have the best deals around on mushrooms, and I like their fresh mozzarella that is knotted, I believe labeled bocconcini, in the dairy case. The D'Artagnian Wild Boar Bacon and Wild Boar Hard Sausage also rock. They also carry some very nice dried pastas as well as sardinian couscous.

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                    dulce de leche RE: mcb70 Aug 19, 2009 08:28 AM

                    Muhammara, boquerones, you can get lox trimmings inexpensively for breakfasts. Vermont Butter & Cheese cultured butter or Amish butter, fresh bread, mortadella, Niman Ranch salami. A box of fresh tamarinds for snacking!

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                      emilief RE: mcb70 Aug 19, 2009 09:13 AM

                      Love the Brazilian chicken salad at Russo's.

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                        Ralphie_in_Boston RE: emilief Aug 19, 2009 01:12 PM

                        Yes, I do too. When I saw the ingredients I thought...ehhhhhh but I'm glad I tried it, it's great.

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                          okra RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Aug 19, 2009 01:24 PM

                          agreed - so long as you like olives... if you don't - I can't imagine you're reading chowhound... :)

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                            kt1969 RE: okra Aug 20, 2009 07:47 AM

                            hey now! I keep trying to like olives and failing miserably....but I do like lots of other stuff! :)

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                              Ralphie_in_Boston RE: okra Aug 21, 2009 07:01 AM

                              oooh yeah. all varieties of olives. yum.

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                            gansu girl RE: emilief Aug 20, 2009 06:36 PM

                            I love that salad so much I want to bathe in it. Seriously.

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                            macadamianut RE: mcb70 Aug 20, 2009 07:42 AM

                            Ripe interesting melons, 2 year old aged cheddar, Ricotta amd Mozzarella cheese,
                            The Bakery, Bay State Pita Bread, Half Sour Pickles, Rainier Cherries, Pluots, Arrugula, Brazilian Chicken Salad, Potato Salad, Bacom Wrapped Chicken, The small bunches of Cluster Tomatoes near the Pita Bread are out of this world, Champagne Mangos, The sausages are delicious. Everything is delicious at Russo's!!

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                              mcb70 RE: macadamianut Aug 20, 2009 08:15 AM

                              I am getting very excited for my pilgrimage tomorrow!

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