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Cheap pasta maker in Toronto?

Butterz Dec 3, 2007 10:35 AM

Hi All,

I was wondering if somebody might be able to suggest where I could find a cheap pasta maker here in Toronto. I'm looking for the no-frills, hand-cranked type (around yonge & eglinton would be a bonus).

Thanks in advance!

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    flibbertygibbet Dec 3, 2007 12:21 PM

    i saw a cheap one on Orfus Rd in one of the kitchen and houseware stores (not Kitchen Stuff) for like $10. This was maybe a month ago. It looked fine, quality wise. Not sure if it was a sale price, but they'd probably be cheap there anyway. But it probably wouldn't be worth your time to travel all the way over there to save a few bucks, unless you have ugly sketchbag clothing to buy. Or visit that cheese store while you're there; that place is pretty wicked.

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    1. re: flibbertygibbet
      Teep Dec 4, 2007 10:55 AM

      Would it be Barnes and Castle? I got mine for $20 at the Eaton Centre location earlier this year.

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      Mila Dec 4, 2007 06:26 AM

      Honest Eds and Nyleve's secret store, Sasmart, in Kensington sell Imperia pasta makers for about $50. I find it is a great pasta maker for that price point.

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      1. re: Mila
        Nyleve Dec 4, 2007 06:39 AM

        Outed again. Another source for inexpensive kitchen stuff is Tap Phong on Spadina near Baldwin. It's a huge Asian kitchen/restaurant/hardware supply store and there are always pasta makers there.

      2. Kagemusha Dec 4, 2007 01:05 PM

        Forget the dirt cheap models sold in the Orfus schlock emporia or kitsch vendors like Barnes and Castle or Benix.The basic chrome steel and brass Italian-made, hand-cranked models work best and last the longest. Stick with basic flat cuts like fettucine. Italian shops and hardware stores along St Clair W might be your best bet. Be prepared to drop 50-100 bucks for a quality rig. Don't bother with anything electric. Be aware that many upscale cookware joints either skip old school Italian gear altogether--or jack the prices up. Try St Clair W.

        1. gisaster25 Sep 4, 2010 01:12 PM

          I referred to this thread before setting out to get my own Imperia or Atlas 150 pasta maker. FYI, Tap Phong on Spadina is selling the Imperia for $60 right now, and Consiglio's on St. Clair has it for $50. Both places also sell cheaper Asian-made pasta makers for $20 a piece.

          Tap Phong
          360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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          1. re: gisaster25
            Kagemusha Sep 4, 2010 02:39 PM

            Cool. My girlfriend(later wife)got our beloved Grazia looong ago from Eaton's downtown, on sale with a few accessory cutters for what seemed like a bit of change to a couple of broke grad students. The Italian-made models are bomb-proof, simpler the better. You'll enjoy it.

          2. BamiaWruz Sep 4, 2010 04:50 PM

            I saw a few on classifieds sites, those things are often bought and not used much so it may be worth a try?

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