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May 24, 2012 06:49 AM

Spalla's/ Culinary delights in Natick

Culinary delights which is a really good russian store and deli has expanded to include Spalla's. Spalla's serves Chicago style Italian Beef and and hot dogs along with Maxwell St. style Polish sausages. Now being a native Chicagoan, I was skeptical about the quality and authenticity but desperate for a local source.Yesterday was the first day they were open and so I went for dinner and had a Italian Beef and a Chicago dog. Both were excellent by Boston standards and very passable by Chicago standards. The bread used for the Italian beef is imported from Turano bakery in Chicago. They couldn't get a reliable source for Gonnella which I would prefer but they also had a good giardineira. The hot dog had the required poppy seed bun, sport peppers, nuclear green relish and celery salt. All in all, I can't wait to go back. If only I could find some Chicago style pizza.


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  1. Very interesting. I live in the area and will definitely give this place a try. Looks like it is right next to the Route9/27 Plaza. Thanks for the heads up!

    1. Have you tried NY Pie in Waltham, and if so, how do they compare?

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      1. re: bear

        NY Pie's italian beef is delicious, but nothing like a Chicago Italian Beef. Seasoning and condiments are completely different flavors from what they should be. Good though!

        1. re: phipsi102

          Have you had the Italian Beef recently? My son called a couple off the ago and was told they no longer offer it.

      2. I like Culinary Delights. Did they open inside?
        I recently read that Beezers is re-opening inside Trombetta's in Northboro. For years they were the only place to get a Chi Dog.

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          1. re: cb01

            Spallas <> Beezers. Beezers was an ice cream/hot dog stand in Northborough that had been around for years before their landlord kicked them out so he could open a bad pizza joint. Trombetta's (a Marlborough garden shop and ice cream stand, among other things) Just opened a new location in Northborough (up the street from the high school - location location location!) In this location they're also providing space for Beezers to sell their Chicago Italian beef sandwiches and dogs.

            I haven't tried anything from the "new" Beezers, but they had a pretty good rep here and around for their Chicago dogs. I hope they do well in their new incarnation.

        1. I noticed the signs the other day. As another native Chicagoan, I really, really hope they're good. I just got back from Chicago - had dogs at Gold Coast Dogs on N. Wabash, and Italian Beef at Al's on E. Jackson.

          I'll swing by and report back.

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