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Mar 3, 2011 05:19 AM

Seeking vialone nano or carneroli for Joe H's "absolute best risotto"

Despite having just finished a grueling 12-hour shift, I perked right up when I saw gorgonzola dolce on sale on the sign outside the WF near my work! AHA! I can finally make Joe Heflin's famous "Absolute Best Risotto You Will EVER Eat: Toasted Pistachio Gorgonzola Dolce"!

I bought pound of cheese and today I need to gather the rest! Specifically, I need help with the rice. I haven't been too pleased with the arborios I've been getting, I'd like to try the varieties he specifies. I live on the South Shore (Rockland, specifically) but I'd drive 40 mins to get the real deal. I can call around but thought I'd check to see if anyone knew a guaranteed source?

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  1. New Deal Fish Market in Cambridge has carnaroli for $5.50 / kg. But someone's bound to have a better answer.

    Does Whole Foods carry it?

    New Deal Fish Market
    622 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

    4 Replies
    1. re: emannths

      I could swear I have seen both kinds of rissotto rice at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods, and that they are usually in stock there. If the one near the OP does not carry them, I would suggest calling around to others.

      1. re: PinchOfSalt

        We have definitely gotten both at the Fresh Pond WF before, and I have seen them at Formaggio as well.

      2. re: emannths

        Wow - $5.50 per kilo is a good price for carnaroli! I got some amazing carnaroli rice at Eataly in NYC for about $6.60 per kilo, but that was on a post-holiday buy-two-get-one-free deal back in January. On the other hand, it is the loveliest risotto rice I've ever used.

        Russo's always had carnaroli as well as arborio, but that's no more convenient to you than New Deal. I agree with emannths & PinchOfSalt that you should check Whole Foods.

        1. re: emannths

          Thanks to you both. I'll be stopping at the Hingham WF for sure on my way out anyway and will check. If no luck there I can just keep going up Rte.3 to Formaggio South End & New Deal. Not a quick drive, but an easy one. Visiting specialty markets is never a drag.

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