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michelle1009 Oct 17, 2008 09:39 AM

Can anyone tell me where I can buy fresh pasta? I live in Burbank so anywhere in the Valley would be great but I also be willing to drive if need be. I tried a great Italian Market called Monte Carlo's by me but they stopped selling it. I would like to buy some for a reicpe that calls for fresh pasta and can imagine the taste would be so much better. Any ideas would be appreciated!

  1. Professor Salt Oct 17, 2008 09:52 AM

    Every supermarket these days carries refrigerated fresh pasta. Is there a particular hard to find shape you're looking for?

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      Obessed Oct 17, 2008 10:25 AM

      Whole Foods carries fresh pasta. This may be a bot of a trek for you, but Cube (a.k.a. Divine Pasta Co.) also carries a variety of fresh pasta.

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      1. re: Obessed
        Maxmillion Oct 17, 2008 03:07 PM

        I had to look this place up --

        Cube Cafe
        615 N. La Brea Avenue
        Los Angeles, California 90036
        323-939-1148, x.1
        FAX: 323-939-5520

        Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm
        Friday & Saturday 11am-11pm

        CUBE accepts reservations for up to 6 guests.
        Our private dining room holds up to 12 guests.
        To book a group dinner or private event contact Whitney Adams at 323.939.1148 or
        whitney@cubemarketplace.com

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          troublemaker Oct 20, 2008 05:41 PM

          Cube has fairly large selection of fresh pastas, definitely worth picking up! They also have a great meat/cheese selection to boot. Since Salumi products are hard to find, you should try and get some of the sopressata. Trust me, you won't regret it. If you're not familiar for Salumi, it's the deli owned by Mario Batali's father, where they cure their own award-winning meats. Heaven I tell you, heaven!

          The place is also a restaurant but at this point, we rather pick up ingredients there than sit-and-eat as they've raised their prices in recent months.

      2. a_and_w Oct 17, 2008 11:49 AM

        Based on your comment about recipes calling specifically for "fresh" pasta, you probably already know this, but there's nothing intrinsically superior about fresh pasta. Often, dry pasta is a tastier and more suitable choice, depending on the dish.

        BTW, does anyone know a place in LA that carries Genova pastas and pestos from up north?

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        1. re: a_and_w
          Das Ubergeek Oct 19, 2008 04:28 PM

          It depends on the dish. Fresh pasta, made with egg and flour, is a different taste to dry semolina-and-water pasta. Me, I make my own, but I know that Whole Foods has acceptable (but not great) fresh pasta.

          A cup of unbleached all-purpose flour (measured by the dip-pack-and-sweep method) and two eggs in a bowl, mixed together and then kneaded by hands for ten minutes, wrapped up in plastic and left on the counter for an hour is the way to go.

        2. Maxmillion Oct 17, 2008 03:10 PM

          Here's a thread that is a couple of years old, but may have some leads for you

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/323749

          BTW - Today I picked up some fresh spinach lasagne pasta from WholeFoods Studio City. They had other types such as tortellini etc avail.
          The lasagne brand was "Marina's Pasta" -- unfamiliar to me, but a Sth Cali company, no preservatives, so I'm looking forward to making my killer lasagne this w/end.

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            glutton Oct 19, 2008 02:14 PM

            I'm a fan of the fresh pasta made by Dominick at the Beverly Hills Cheese Store. He sets up at a few farmers markets (Manhattan Beach, Brentwood, and some others that I cannot remember), too. He's got whole wheat and regular fettucine, spaghetti, etc. Really outstanding stuff.

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