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Dinner rolls/Italian Rolls...where to go in Boston?

As the youngest member of the extended family, I have been delegated "rolls" and coffee for my father-in-laws' 80th birthday.

Literally, there is a pecking order of which cousin gets to bring what in this large, warm, and traditional Italian-American clan :) Most guests will be in the 50-80 year old range, born and bred local good folks.

Hoping to get promoted next time, so I can actually use my cooking skills...I want to make the right choice...

Would you go to: Bob's in Medford, LaRonga's, or Piantedosi for the rolls? (The ladies are making sauce, meats, antipasti platters, and the like.)

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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  1. I am partial to Iggy's - both their french and sourdough rolls make the cut in our house!

    130 Fawcett St, Cambridge, MA

    1. of the one's you mentioned, Piantedosi may be the best.

      1. Bob's does get some, if not all of his bread from Iggy's but wouldn't have a wide variety.

        1. I love the dinner rolls at Clear Flour in Brookline. They also make an olive version that is to die for!

          1. what kind of rolls? like dinner rolls? pace in the north end has good bread too, but it sells out very quickly.

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            1. re: hotoynoodle

              Thanks 'hounds! I'm looking for dinner rolls that can be used as a side for pasta w/homemade meat sauce and alongside antipasti...

              I love Iggy's...need something a little less "toothy" for the octogenarians :)

              1. re: winecafe95

                there's bova's too, but i don't care for their style.

              2. re: hotoynoodle

                I second the Pace recomendation... but you Must get there early.

              3. If you want to show off your cooking skills, why don't you make some rolls. There are plenty of recipes floating around. You can even go to your local library and get one of the many bread baking books that are available (I like Peter Reinhart's books a lot). The good thing is that bread/rolls freeze really well. You could make them way ahead.

                1. for the crowd you are describing, they don't want anything but a classic roll...and for an Italian-American type crowd, there is none better that Piantedosi's. their french rolls are perfect for a cold cut platter, making a meatball sub, or just plain on the side. no doubt...you are welcome.

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                  1. re: food_lubber

                    Big thanks to everyone who chimed in...and yes, Piantedosi's was the winner (no time this week to make my own with a multiple-state swing to visit various relatives for the holidays...)

                    Everyone was very happy and 4 dozen were consumed or packed up for home! (AND I got an A+ for the coffee...next time, I'm just going to come in with an appetizer and see how it goes!)

                    1. re: winecafe95

                      thanks for the update! glad you took some of the posters advice.