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Best Risotto in Town?

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

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  1. Not Vespaio, unless you like cauterizing amounts of salt!

    1. 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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      1. re: TroyTempest

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

        1. re: chispa_c

          I second Asti. Or third, as it were.

      2. north has a pretty good one usually.

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

              1. re: Rptrane

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

                1. re: amykragan

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

                    1. re: ieathereforeiam

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

                      1. re: Rptrane

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

                        1. re: Rptrane

                          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

                            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

                          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.

                2. 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

                    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.