I still contend that my husband makes the best risotto I have ever had. He isn't Italian, but he knows his way around rice. My particular favorite is his porcini mushroom risotto, though we have now exhausted our supply of dried porcinis that we bought while in Italy and Spain. If risotto is on a menu, I will order it! I love risotto so much that it was the first dish I ordered on our honeymoon—a black squid ink risotto from a restaurant in Venice that was close to the La Fenice (the opera house). So needless to say, when I walked by Eat Curbside, and my eye caught their menu advertising Aranchini (note the spelling; more on that later), I quickly queued up to try them.
Eat Curbside serves their arancini three to an order, swimming in a pool of vibrant tomato sauce and sprinkled with parsley. They came to me piping hot, and even though I ordered another dish alongside my arancini, I started with these first. They are slightly non-traditional as they were shaped more like flattened disks rather than balls. Perhaps the "h" that Curbside threw into the common spelling of arancini stomped on the balls and squished them down flat. I'll attribute both of these nuances as Eat Curbside's way of mixing it up and making this dish their own.
I love that Eat Curbside surprises me with items like this on their menu. Plus, while we were waiting they handed out some free Fried Mac n Cheese. It was a giant fried, cheesy love fest between me and Eat Curbside, and I will surely be back for more. Bellisimo!
Rating: 4/5 (ratings guide)
Eat Curbside (@eatcurbside) $6.00 for an order of three
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