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Where can I get Tuscan Pici pasta?

c
csiprod Sep 10, 2008 05:50 PM

Is there anywhere in the Greater LA area that serves Pici (or Stangozzi, Bigoli,) pasta? It was everywhere in Tuscany. But impossible to find on a menu here and almost impossible to find in any retail store in dried form. Forget about fresh.

I know it's supposed to be hard to make, takes 20 minutes to cook, takes 50 hours to dry, etc. but that makes me want it more. Know the feeling? I live in W.LA and with the seemingly hundreds of fine Italian eateries in the area, you'd think at least one of them would have traditional Pici even if you had to pay more for it.

Anybody have a handle on this?

  1. c
    condiment Feb 5, 2010 08:15 AM

    Osteria Mozza often has pici. Which are a pain to make, as the OP noted, so call ahead.

    1. SilverlakeGirl Feb 5, 2010 02:28 AM

      A likely source would be Guidi Marcello and their extended lines of specialty pasta:

      http://www.guidimarcello.com/pasta.htm

      It is in Santa Monica.

      1. h
        hermex Feb 4, 2010 11:02 PM

        If worse comes to worse...

        500 g flour
        250 g water
        salt

        oil to drizzle

        add water in a well
        mix with fingers from the center
        knead until forms smooth ball

        divide in two

        roll out a strip, 10-12'" wide and 1 cm thick
        drizzle with a bit of olive oil and spread to coat lightly
        cut into strips, 1 cm wide.

        roll strips into worms, on a floured board
        lay onto floured paper, careful not to cram them together
        cook 6-10 min, not 20, though, you can't overcook it. It's done when it floats and puffs a bit.

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