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Best Risotto in Town?

Rptrane Oct 24, 2013 08:15 PM

I have a relative coming to town who loves risotto, not milk the milk soup variety. Any recommendations?

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    lixlix Feb 11, 2014 03:10 PM

    I find Risotto to be too much of a personal thing. I usually don't like the dish to be too much on the al dente side but I find most restaurant Risottos to be a bit too hard. But there are also diners who prefer the rice to be almost crunchy. Its the same thing regarding how much liquid remains in the dish, some prefer drier and some prefer soupy so its tough to quantify "best".

    I do remember a bone marrow/red wine risotto at Barley Swine when they first opened that was really delicious though.

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    1. re: lixlix
      dinaofdoom Feb 11, 2014 06:50 PM

      iirc, a lot of restaurants serve it in quantities by making it 'til it's underdone, pressing it into a large baking sheet, and then scooping out some to finish with more liquid when it's ordered. that could definitely account for the crunchy-to-soupy spectrum.

    2. amykragan Jan 31, 2014 06:39 AM

      Andiamo is pretty good!

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      1. re: amykragan
        Rptrane Feb 11, 2014 06:29 AM

        No risotto on the menu there.

        1. re: Rptrane
          amykragan Feb 11, 2014 11:17 AM

          I've had it there several times. Must have been the daily special!?!

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            Rptrane Feb 11, 2014 02:58 PM

            That's possible. I just checked the web site. Reservations at Asti, wish me luck!

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              ieathereforeiam Feb 11, 2014 05:51 PM

              asti is pretty much always mediocre

              1. re: ieathereforeiam
                Rptrane Feb 12, 2014 08:15 PM

                i'm sorry to hear that.. I hope it works out that's where I have reservations

                1. re: Rptrane
                  ieathereforeiam Feb 12, 2014 10:46 PM

                  i think they've had some kitchen turnover of late. maybe that will work in your favor.

                  1. re: Rptrane
                    chispa_c Feb 13, 2014 11:24 AM

                    I have always enjoyed Asti. Report back and let us know how it goes. I've always found them to be a consistent neighborhood restaurant with friendly owners. We also like sitting at the bar and watching the open kitchen. I hope it works out for you as well.

                    1. re: chispa_c
                      Rptrane Feb 13, 2014 09:20 PM

                      It was okay. Not bad but not great. I'd say it's slightly above average. Service was good and my mom seemed happy. I won't rush to go back

                  2. re: ieathereforeiam
                    slowcoooked Feb 14, 2014 05:41 AM

                    I think the wins at Asti are the salads, especially the tuna, and fries. but with a 3 dollar iced tea (grrrrr!!!) that'll set you back about 22 bucks with a tip. Kind of a pricey lunch. That's why I go so rarely. When I think about it, it's a$$holish to charge that much for a bog standard glass of lipton or tetley brewed tea. geeesh.

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            Rptrane Jan 31, 2014 03:36 AM

            So my guests are close to visit. The consensus seems to be Asti Any other recommendations?

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              ieathereforeiam Oct 25, 2013 06:15 PM

              north has a pretty good one usually.

              1. TroyTempest Oct 25, 2013 10:05 AM

                I don't usually order risotto, but i remember it being good at Asti when my date had it once.
                I like most everything at Asti, BTW.

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                  chispa_c Oct 25, 2013 10:14 AM

                  I agree - Asti! I just had it a few weeks ago and it was wonderful.

                  1. re: chispa_c
                    theonlyLPJ Oct 25, 2013 01:37 PM

                    I second Asti. Or third, as it were.

                2. popvulture Oct 24, 2013 08:25 PM

                  Not Vespaio, unless you like cauterizing amounts of salt!

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