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Jun 16, 2010 08:57 PM

wild boat in Philly area

Hi all---

So I love wild boar items on many restaurants' menus, but I think I would like to take a shot at making it myself. If I could master a ragu with wild boar, I would be one happy girl.

Anyone have an idea where I can get some wild boar meat without traveling very far outside of Philly (if at all)?


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  1. D'Angelo Bros in the Italian Market.

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    1. you might want to correct the typo in the thread title.

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      1. re: Bob Loblaw

        I saw that too Bob! I had visions of this boat sailing around terrorizing everyone!

        1. re: givemecarbs

          I thought perhaps it was something from an Asian cuisine - wild boat seafood platter...

          1. re: Bigley9

            yea yea yea. I saw I made the mistake the next day and KNEW someone would say something. I'm not sure how to make edits to posts so it looks like it's staying that way. And if anyone has a wild boat platter ro recommend, please share!

            1. re: padovana

              It is more fun this way. The Moshulu can get pretty wild and crazy. :)

              1. re: givemecarbs

                I agree with the Moshulu - The Spirit of Philadelphia is much too sedate for this category!

                1. re: Bigley9

                  Probably best to use a dragon boat ....

      2. I had a wild boar ragu at Melagrano recently that was delicious.
        ETA - but don't know where to buy the meat, sorry. Maybe the Terminal?

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          1. re: phillyjazz

            d'Angelo's does stock it if you have the patience to be abused by their horrible customer service. Then when you have waited about an hour for the meat, take it home and try to recreate one of those beautiful jugged wild boar dishes that you find in great rustic restaurants in France and Italy. You will find, that the flavor of the meat is not truly "wild" but more akin to the domestic pig, producing a rather bland result - it is something to do with the species of pig available in this country. I remember reading a french recipe book that recommended marinating the meat for three days in red wine with peppercorns and other herbs and flavorings, and I remember getting good results. However I purchased the meat in Europe on that occasion.

        1. I had great wild boar scrapple at Cafe Estelle a few months back. Since they do all or most of their meats in-house, call them to see what else they may be doing with it :)

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          1. re: croutonpiggy

            Il Tartufo in Manayunk has Fettuccine al Cinghiale for 16 bucks at dinner, $9.95 at lunch. I twas quite well-prepared.

            1. re: phillyjazz

              Just had wild boar bolognese pasta at Osteria tonight. Feeling replete.

          2. Just bumping up this slightly dated thread b/c I was wondering the exact same thing as the O/P...

            My friends who hunt keep threatening to go get some wild boar that they'd sell me (and they're an invasive species, too - the boars, that is, not the hunter friends) ... but life stuff keeps getting in the way.

            I can probably deal with D'Angelo's, but I'd be even more into getting a 1/4 or so. Anyone? ::hungry eyes::

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            1. re: Mawrter

              if you're looking for a large amount Sonny D'Angelo would probably be able to get it for you, but you'll have to pre-order and they'll also probably make you pay in advance... with your first born child... (kidding) he really is temperamental though... his website says it's from Texas.

              1. re: cgarner

                Also, pay with cash. He charges more if you pay with a CC.