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Squid Ink Pasta - Phoenix Area

HomeCookKirsten Jul 30, 2007 09:50 PM

Does anyone know where to buy squid ink pasta in the Phoenix area? I would love fresh but know that may be unreasonable, so dried would be ok too.

Worst case scenario I can make it myself, but I don't have the equipment that makes pasta making easy and it would be opening up another issue re: where to buy the squid ink.

Anyone have any tips? I'm trying to avoid having to order online, but if no tips turn up I'll relocate this topic over to home cooking or general topics and look for recommendations for online sources.


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    two_drifters Jul 30, 2007 11:21 PM

    Saw it at LGO (dried) this past winter...hopefully it's still there?

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    1. re: two_drifters
      HomeCookKirsten Jul 30, 2007 11:38 PM

      Thank you!! That is just a few minutes from my office, so that is an option. I'll call first to check.

      Anyone seen it at AJ's? Any sightings of fresh anywhere?

      On that note - anyone know of good places for fresh pasta in general, or does everyone use dried or make their own?


      1. re: HomeCookKirsten
        misohungrychewlow Jul 31, 2007 12:00 AM

        Kirsten -- good luck in your search! I have never seen, and I would be very surprised to learn about, fresh squid-ink pasta. My ex used to hand-crank or roll pasta regularly and was quite plugged in to the pasta over/underground. Given your skills and chow-courage, I would suggest pushing ahead and doing it! But if there is a source of dried black pasta, please try it and let us know how it turns out -- thanks!

        1. re: misohungrychewlow
          HomeCookKirsten Jul 31, 2007 07:24 AM

          Thank you! I'll report back

      2. re: two_drifters
        HomeCookKirsten Jul 31, 2007 11:42 PM

        Oh dear. I went to LGO and it was LOVELY black dried pasta with no breakage or powdery mess, clean and shiny and black (about 3/4 lb) but was $9. Eek! I panicked. I'll try another place or two, but I may be back at the lovely but expensive $9 pasta.

        Trying Super Target first...

        Thanks all!

      3. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jul 31, 2007 12:42 AM

        My roommate picked up some dried squid ink pasta at Super Target the last time he was there. There's two out in Gilbert, another in north Peoria, and there's a new one opening some time soon on 8th Street and Bell.

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        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
          HomeCookKirsten Jul 31, 2007 07:24 AM

          wow - that's a good tip. Thanks!

          1. re: HomeCookKirsten
            rxenergie Jul 31, 2007 10:40 AM


            I just bought dried cuttlefish ink pasta @ AJ's on Camelback and 44th. It was 3.29 for 500grams and is imported from Italy. I'm not sure if they carry squid ink pasta, but I am looking forward to the pasta that I just bought. Good luck!

            1. re: rxenergie
              HomeCookKirsten Jul 31, 2007 10:47 AM

              Perfect! Cuttlefish ink pasta is fine too. At this point I won't split hairs. :)

              does anyone know if there is a difference in taste, or is it too subtle?

              1. re: HomeCookKirsten
                scorpioscuba Jul 31, 2007 02:56 PM

                I hope you blog about the results - I'm so curious as I've never had it but have heard about it. :)

                1. re: HomeCookKirsten
                  azhotdish Jul 31, 2007 03:05 PM

                  I wonder where La Locanda gets its squid ink from...their squid ink risotto is quite good. I also believe they do a squid ink pasta as well. Now that I mention it...I need to get back there.

                  La Locanda Ristorante Italiano
                  10201 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 1, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

                  1. re: azhotdish
                    mamamia Jul 31, 2007 03:45 PM

                    Marcellino does squid ink pasta.

                    Marcellino Ristorante
                    7114 E. Stetson Dr. 85251, Old Town Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                    1. re: azhotdish
                      HomeCookKirsten Jul 31, 2007 04:11 PM

                      I ADORE La Locanda's squid ink pasta! I need to get back there too.

                      SS - I will blog about it - it's for a new feature for my blog I'm rolling out - prob this weekend!

                      I wonder if I can get squid ink @ an Asian market? Is it ever used in Asian food?

                    2. re: HomeCookKirsten
                      JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 1, 2007 12:01 AM

                      I would imagine any taste difference will be extremely subtle, if there is any taste difference at all... usually there's enough ingredient to color, but not enough to flavor the pasta.

                      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
                        HomeCookKirsten Aug 1, 2007 12:15 AM

                        Thx JK! Had a feeling it would be very subtle if at all different.

                        1. re: HomeCookKirsten
                          Alice Letseat Aug 1, 2007 09:20 PM

                          Here's a tip for intensely flavored - but dried! - pasta...look for DeCio. AJs carries a small selection, but if you check their web site - www.deciopasta.com - you will find an amazing array of options. this is NOT pasta to drown in a garlic or marinara sauce! Try the wild mushroom, saffron or sichuan orange spice - there are all sorts of things to do with this stuff. Have fun!!!

                          1. re: Alice Letseat
                            ciaogal Aug 2, 2007 05:34 AM

                            I have been buying DeCio pasta for special dishes....it always gets raves!!
                            The wild mushroom is a favorite w/ stews and braised meat dishes....

                            A.J.'s is the only place I have seen it....

                            PHX really needs a fresh pasta purveyor......

                            1. re: ciaogal
                              scorpioscuba Aug 2, 2007 08:46 AM

                              I agree Ciaogal. We used to have a fresh pasta purveyor when Sanguini's was open on McKellips and Power. Their fresh pasta and other selections of Italian groceries were wonderful. They closed because the building they were leasing increased the rent and they could not afford it. They've been looking for a place to reopen and its been several years so I'm fast losing hope...

                              1. re: scorpioscuba
                                HomeCookKirsten Aug 2, 2007 04:59 PM

                                Thanks Alice! Great tip.

                                Hmm, anyone getting any business ideas - fresh pasta for Phoenix?

                                1. re: scorpioscuba
                                  maryhennecke Sep 7, 2007 02:22 PM

                                  Hi...saw your info on Sanquini's. Some good news. Just talked to them today. They still don't have a retail location but do special order sauces and ravioli. Not sure about other pastas though. They answer the phone number that's listed in Dexknow.com. hope this helps. Have a great day!

                                2. re: ciaogal
                                  winedubar Aug 2, 2007 09:03 PM

                                  hi ciaogal,

                                  you can also get decio pasta at the downtown phx farmers market. i agree tho - some fresh pasta would be great!!

                                  1. re: winedubar
                                    Alice Letseat Aug 3, 2007 10:35 PM

                                    Scott has an exclusive distribution with AJ's - and it's the ONLY place he sells other than online or through a variety of the markets and fairs. Online is pretty simple - order five pounds in the PHX region and get free delivery.

                      2. re: HomeCookKirsten
                        JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 4, 2007 04:12 AM

                        I just went to Super Target today, so I checked, and yes they do still carry the squid ink pasta. I think it was 2.99 a pound.

                        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
                          HomeCookKirsten Aug 4, 2007 02:41 PM

                          Thanks JK! I broke down and paid $9 @ LGO, but next time I will definitely go to Super Target. That is a MUCH better price.

                          If anyone is interested - here is the outcome of my squid ink pasta obsessing:


                          1. re: HomeCookKirsten
                            Curiosity Killed the Cat Aug 13, 2007 07:32 PM

                            Marcellino in Phoenix has the best ink pasta with seafood. They may be closed for a part of the summer though.

                            1. re: Curiosity Killed the Cat
                              silverbear Aug 13, 2007 08:08 PM

                              Marcellino is closed until Thursday, September 6.

                              1. re: silverbear
                                Chef Anthony Redendo Aug 15, 2007 02:57 PM

                                Am I the only chef who works all summer?

                                Here is a squid ink trick.
                                You can buy dried pasta or make you own using scungelli ink or octopus ink. Squids don't yield enough ink in their tiny bodies. Some chefs even use black food paint for cake decorating. Heres the trick cook the pasta in fish stock or clam juice this will give the pasta some taste. #1 don't be afraid of the salt.

                                1. re: Chef Anthony Redendo
                                  HomeCookKirsten Aug 15, 2007 03:26 PM

                                  Thanks Chef!!

                                  Re: the salt, I seriously think that one of the best things I learned in your class and my food is wayyyy better just because of it!

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