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CportJ 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. Boston_Otter RE: CportJ Sep 20, 2013 01:02 PM

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

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      yarm RE: Boston_Otter Sep 21, 2013 09:11 PM

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


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        CportJ RE: yarm Sep 22, 2013 04:45 PM

        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.

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          9lives RE: CportJ Sep 22, 2013 04:56 PM

          Stappj was the brand at Pace.

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

          Curious as to how you like it.

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            CportJ RE: 9lives Sep 25, 2013 08:13 AM

            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.

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            Boston_Otter RE: CportJ Sep 23, 2013 08:01 AM

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

      2. BostonZest RE: CportJ Sep 20, 2013 01:07 PM

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


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          9lives RE: CportJ Sep 21, 2013 07:35 AM

          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.

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            Jenny Ondioline RE: CportJ Sep 21, 2013 09:17 PM

            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. hotoynoodle RE: CportJ Sep 22, 2013 02:54 PM

              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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                deglazer RE: hotoynoodle Sep 29, 2013 02:40 PM

                Shaw's in Central Square carries it.

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                rich patina RE: CportJ Sep 24, 2013 06:04 PM

                bob's foods in Medford has had it in the past. i'm a fan too.

                1. Bugsey34 RE: CportJ Sep 25, 2013 07:32 AM

                  I know this is far away, but I spotted it at Venda Ravioli in Providence, RI last weekend, along with plenty of Chinotto.

                  1. MC Slim JB RE: CportJ Sep 25, 2013 11:24 AM

                    Foodies Urban Market in the South End has carried it.


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