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Sep 20, 2013 12:20 PM


Is Sanbitter available anywhere in Boston any longer? I tried Salumeria Italiana, which I know used to stock it, and they suggested it's no longer available. Thanks!

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  1. I've bought it many times at Capone Foods, but admittedly it's been awhile.

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    1. re: Boston_Otter

      There as of 2 weeks ago at the store in Union Square, Somerville.

      1. re: yarm

        Thanks, everyone. Capone had Stappj yesterday, which is very similar. That's probably what was at Pace, too. Not clear that it's related from the packaging.

        1. re: CportJ

          Stappj was the brand at Pace.

          I didn't buy it cuz I still have some Sanbitter.

          Curious as to how you like it.

          1. re: 9lives

            I liked Stappj. I have the impression that it's a little sweeter and less bitter than Sanbitter, but I think I'd have to do a side-by-side taste test to be sure. It's definitely not as bitter as a Campari and soda, which I had afterward for a comparison. Most of the bitterness seemed to be in the aftertaste. I think I'd still prefer Sanbitter, but Stappj seems like a reasonably good substitute to me.

            I was at the Capone in Union Sq., so maybe I will try the one on Mass. Ave., too. When I called, Union Sq. thought they had Sanbitter, but they may have just been referring to Stappj interchangeably.

          2. re: CportJ

            The Capone on Mass Ave, Cambridge, had actual Sanbitter as of a few months ago.

      2. It's in stock at Amazon, so it's worth all of us keeping our eyes open for it locally on your behalf.


        1. I saw something that appears to be very similar in Pace on Cross St/NE.

          It has a slightly different name but the packaging looks the same; 6 small bottles of red non alcoholic bitters.

          1. The little imported foods section of Martignetti's on Soldiers Field Road carries at least a couple of wee little bottles of bitter Italian sodas, and I know they carry a fairly extensive line of San Pellegrino products, so it wouldn't hurt to call them.

            1. i sued to get it at the east boston shaw's but i don't live/shop in that hood anymore.

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              1. re: hotoynoodle

                Shaw's in Central Square carries it.