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Where can I buy Grano in New York? (And, no, Kalustyan's doesn't have it.)

Benjamin68 Aug 26, 2006 11:56 AM

I would appreciate it if someone could tell me where I can purchase grano in New York City. Kalustyan's has it on order, but I was hoping to obtain it sooner.


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  1. efdee RE: Benjamin68 Aug 26, 2006 12:42 PM

    Sounds like something Buon Italia in the Chelsea Market would have.

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      jenniebnyc RE: efdee Aug 27, 2006 03:19 AM

      Yes, Buon Italia has it

    2. Cheese Boy RE: Benjamin68 Aug 26, 2006 05:11 PM

      I just need clarification before I make any suggestions. Grano? Do you mean grain?
      or Grana Padano cheese?

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        Benjamin68 RE: Cheese Boy Aug 28, 2006 02:35 AM

        I mean Grano the grain.

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          Cheese Boy RE: Benjamin68 Aug 28, 2006 04:23 PM

          If you want "farro" or spelt, Buon Italia in the Chelsea Market has some: 500g for about $3.99. Imported from Italy.

          Also, call:
          Ninth Ave International Foods Limited
          543 9th Avenue (9AV/41st or so)
          (212) 279-1000

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            jen kalb RE: Benjamin68 Aug 30, 2006 10:27 PM

            Kaluystan has large number or types of whole and ground grains (you didnt specify which). Do you mean "grano duro", hard durum wheat?

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          MikeG RE: Benjamin68 Aug 28, 2006 04:00 PM

          Whether you mean spelt or durum, I've seen both at Buon Italia, but I'd call first (212-633-9090), they don't always have exactly the same stuff from month to month. I think it may even be there that I saw a UHT foil pack of pre-cooked grain (never tried it, but it can't be as good as freshly cooked.)

          Unless you're shooting for 99% "authenticity", you can just use soft winter wheat. It may not be as polished, but you cook it soft anyway and it's likely to be fresher. It's certainly easier to get and cheaper.

          1. MMRuth RE: Benjamin68 Aug 28, 2006 04:15 PM

            You could also call Di Palo and see if they carry it - they have a lot of staples in addition to the wonderful cheese & meats.

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              Ida Red RE: MMRuth Aug 28, 2006 04:18 PM

              Yea, that's what I was going to recommend.
              I rely on them for anything Italian.

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              MikeG RE: Benjamin68 Aug 29, 2006 02:04 PM

              DiPalo also runs out of stuff a lot too so this may not be dispositive, but I didn't see it there yesterday evening. Definitely call before you show up - it never occurred to me they might run out of Nutella but the cupboard was bare of that too...

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                erica RE: MikeG Aug 30, 2006 04:49 PM

                If you mean farro, DiPalo is out of it and has been for a few weeks. Fairway usually stocks it but they have been out recently as well.

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                fauchon RE: Benjamin68 Aug 30, 2006 04:52 PM

                I've purchased it at Grace's Marketplace at Third Ave & 71st Street.

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                  Benjamin68 RE: Benjamin68 Aug 30, 2006 06:16 PM

                  Can someone please clarify whether Grano is the same thing as farro. I'be been cooking from Ana Sortun's "Spice: Flavors of the Eastern Medierranean" (which I strongly recommend purchasing)and she has a number of recipes that employ it. Kalustyan's told me they're ordering it but they don't know how long it's going to take to get in. The fact that they don't carry it makes me think it's not the same thing as farro.

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                    jen kalb RE: Benjamin68 Aug 30, 2006 10:37 PM

                    Id never heard it referred to this way, but it looks like what some people call "grano" is simply whole durum wheat, grano duro. This grain is used heavily in the making of extruded pastas and for some special breads in southern italy.

                    Its not identical to farro or spelt or soft wheat berries, but Im sure you could sub these effectively in your recipes. In the ME they also use an interesting "green wheat" (frik) which is a little smoky and charred and, to my taste funky.

                    Coluccio out in brooklyn sells farro, wheat berries and ground durum wheat flour - Im not sure Ive seen whole grain grano duro there, though.

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                      rose water RE: jen kalb Sep 2, 2006 01:46 PM

                      if farro is indeed what you're looking for, i saw it at raffetto's on houston street. $4.50 for a 1.1 pound bag.

                      there was a unlabelled bin of something that looked just like that at murray's cheese as well.

                      good luck (and i look forward to hearing about your creation on the home cooking board!)

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                    dgchow RE: Benjamin68 Sep 3, 2006 03:57 AM

                    Grano--gee, i posted this question a few months ago and got no replies! Thanks to a tip from the woman who ran the dearly departed adriana's caravan in grand central, i found it at dean & deluca on prince st.

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                      MikeG RE: Benjamin68 Sep 4, 2006 02:49 PM

                      "Grano" the ingredient as opposed to "grano" the generic word for wheat should be at least somewhat polished to remove some of the bran. I've never seen it actually quite as polished as white rice, but it shouldn't look like ordinary wheat berries either. (I actually wish rice were milled like that too, but I digress....)

                      Personally, I'm not a big whole-grains fan, but if you like or can deal with that, using unpolished wheat should work fine, though it may need a little longer initial cooking. And it should be a lot cheaper than farro or imported grano, too, for that matter.

                      1. shindiganna RE: Benjamin68 Sep 8, 2006 08:24 PM

                        as in pizza di grano...aka farro aka wheatberries

                        you can get it in vacuum sealed pouches at Sahadis or Fairway, reasonably priced. Its readily available year round now, but it used to be only a springtime item.

                        It is a major ingredient in pies served on Easter. You can find it in most salumerias, (try Pastosa) either dry or presoaked in little deli containers or pre soaked in cans.

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                          MikeG RE: Benjamin68 Sep 13, 2006 11:07 PM

                          Where in the store is it at Fairway? I've seen these packages, but never there.

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                            shindiganna RE: MikeG Oct 23, 2006 04:30 PM

                            Near the fresh raviolis and cheeses, on an end rack of Italian specialties. If Sahadis is on your regular route, they carry it for a far more reasonable price.

                          2. shindiganna RE: Benjamin68 Dec 1, 2006 10:21 PM

                            Does anyone have a good recipe for Cuccia? It's a farro based soup served around Dec. 13 (St. Lucy's Day). I've found a basic one on the 'net, but it's not quite it. I think it had lentils...

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