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V. specific req: pumpkin risotto served in tiny baked hollowed out pumpkin?

Alcachofa Nov 1, 2010 08:45 AM

Has anyone seen this on a menu anywhere? Thank you. I'm thinking somewhere like Scampo or possibly Dante or Prezza might have had the good sense to offer this. Anyone?

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    mollyditty Nov 28, 2010 06:48 AM

    Grotto used to have this! It was quite charming :) Just checked the menu, and doesn't seem to be on it anymore. Perhaps they have it as a special?

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      Madrid Nov 25, 2010 06:16 AM

      There is a picture of pumpkin risotto in a hollowed out pumpkin from Upstairs on the Square on page 2 of the Boston Globe g insert today. I checked the restaurant menu, it appears to be a larger cheese pumpkin and is served as a vegetarian entree on the Thanksgiving prix fixe menu.

      1. gini Nov 8, 2010 01:00 PM

        Hey Al - I was at Prezza on Saturday night and they definitely didn't have pumpkin risotto in a tiny pumpkin. Sorry!

        24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

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          Alcachofa Nov 10, 2010 06:19 AM

          Dang, thanks gini! Anyway, Mrs. Alcachofa made some butternut squash risotto last night. Not the same thing, but I'm off that craving now.

          And, speaking of risotto--though getting even further afield from pumpkin--had a taste of the rabbit risotto one of my DCs ordered at Bergamot the other night: sublime!!!

          118 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

        2. MC Slim JB Nov 2, 2010 04:16 PM

          I know I've seen this somewhere, too, last fall or the one before, but I can't remember where. Sage, maybe?


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            suzysue2 Nov 2, 2010 02:37 PM

            Bistro 5 in West Medford often has this on their fall menu, I would call and check for availabiity.

            Bistro 5
            5 Playstead Road, Medford, MA 02155

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              STL BOS Nov 1, 2010 10:57 AM

              I just saw pumpkin risotto in tiny pumpkins at the Whole Foods prepared food counter in Andover. Would work if you decide to serve at home.

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                Madrid Nov 1, 2010 09:59 AM

                I do this at home every year...I love those little mini pumpkins and stuffing them with pumpkin risotto or fruit and cheese or sausage/saffron risotto. But I don't have a restaurant.....

                1. Bob Dobalina Nov 1, 2010 09:51 AM

                  What's the thing that Helmand does in the tiny pumpkin?

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                    Alcachofa Nov 1, 2010 10:09 AM

                    I dunno, but it's been forever since I've been to Helmand, so I'll have to check that out.

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                      Bob Dobalina Nov 1, 2010 10:17 AM

                      Looked it up -

                      Pan-fried then baked baby pumpkin seasoned with sugar and served on yogurt garlic sauce, topped with ground beef sauce. $7.50

                      Sounds good, although not what you are looking for...

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                        Allstonian Nov 1, 2010 10:57 AM

                        I loveloveLOVE kaddo, both at Helmand and just last week at Ariana (the new Afghani restaurant in Allston, whose menu seems to be cribbed nearly word-for-word from Helmand's.) However, the kaddo is *made with* pumpkin, not served in a baby pumpkin.

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                    Pegmeister Nov 1, 2010 09:43 AM

                    Not pumpkin risotto, but Amrheins generally has their chicken risotto in a maple glazed pumpkin around this time of the year. It's pretty amazing. If Richie is still in the kitchen there he makes a great risotto. It may be worth a call.

                    Amrheins Restaurant
                    80 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

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