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Arborio Rice

Arborio rice makes the best risotto, but does the best Arborio have to come from Italy? And can another rice serve as a substitute for real Arborio rice?

Published May 1, 2008

What You Need To Know

The stubby, milky grains of Arborio rice, once grown exclusively in Italy, are valued for their high starch content and the subsequent creaminess they bring to risotto. We conducted two taste tests: one for the best Arborio rice and the second to determine if risotto can be made with a different type of rice.

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