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Just back from a terrific visit of Siena Itally and surrounding hilltop towns. Large round spaggetti noodles are on every menu,, typically served with wild boar as the "meat sauce",, these large noodles add texture and fullness to each serving but I didn't chance trying to bring them back.. Wondering if anyone knows where they might be found retail?? Just did a pit stop at Central Market but no luck.. Thinking I might need to locate a retailer/distributor/importer of Italian food products. Thoughts?

Jack

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  1. Jimmies Food Store is worth a call. They are the go to Italian import here.

    Edit > Oops you are in Houston. best go back to CM and have them special order for you. They are freaky happy about that.

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    1. re: DallasDude

      Thanks for the suggestion! I'll see if CM/Houston would be interested in running it down tho I'm not optimistic.. The Pici "fat noodles" seem to be a hard find after searching the net briefly yesterday... Next time I go back, I'll bring an empty suitcase!

      1. re: bornie

        Why don't you ask the folks at Raia's Italian Market if they can get that for you?

        http://raiasitalianmarket.com/contact...

        Another one to try, which is in the same neighborhood as Raia's, is Nundini Italian Deli & Food Store:

        http://www.nundini.com/foodstore.html

        Good Luck!

    2. Jack,

      I have this cookbook called the Pasta Bible, so I looked these noodles up. They are called either pinci, pici, or perciatelli. Nundini sells the last named one. Just to double check I goggled it and found this blog that mentions the guy trying to find them stateside. read to the last paragraph.

      http://mikeeatsfood.blogspot.com/2008...

      Dani

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      1. re: danhole

        Hi Dani,, I ck'd out Nunini's yesterday,, they do have a nice selection of pastas you won't find at your typical retailer but no perciatelli/pici... I'm going to try the website "trip advisor" and focus on a Siena page to see if I can find an exporter or someone who paid a visit to Chianti/Tuscany that might ID a US distributor.. Best, Jack

        1. re: bornie

          Jack,

          Go back to the home page of Nundini and click on online shopping/pastas - they do have it there. They must have just been looking at what was in the store. I wouldn't have told you they had it if it weren't true! C'mon, I'm better than that! LOL!

          Dani

          1. re: danhole

            Hi Dani,, I went into the store,, scanned the shelves without luck then brought over a store employee to help me search without luck.. They did stock the fattest Ziti I've seen in my life but no Pici or perciatelli.. I did have some luck finding a store in the Bay Area. "Its on the water" they told me,,,, apparantely on a slow boat from Naples,, like my grandparents! Jack

            1. re: bornie

              Jack,

              Read very carefully - you have to order it online, from Nundini! You can order it through the website. NOT in the store - ONLINE! They have an online store.

              Dani

      2. I know you are Houstoin, but there is a Dallas store called Jimmy's Food Store and I saw boxes on their shelves today. It is called perciatelli.

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        1. re: DallasDude

          DD,,, I'll give them call in the morning and see what they havve and find out if they could ship me a couple of boxes! Thx for keeping an eye out for me! I owe ya next time your in Houston! Jack

        2. I just ordered a case of pici from Nundini. I looked everywhere for this pasta when I returned from Tuscany last fall and couldn't find them. Thanks Danhole. I'll report when I get the pici and cook a pot full with some porcinis. That will remind me of the dinners I had in Siena, Pienza and one we cooked at the farmhouse we rented in Montici. Great meals and a terrific trip.

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          1. re: amazinc

            Amazinc,, pls let us know when you receive... The pics left me a little confused as the packaging and apperance of the pasta did not match my weeks old image,, having just returned from the Siena area... By the way,, did u have the white belt,, Sienese ham when you were there??

          2. Bornie, not I didn't have the ham you mentioned (white belt?, didn't see it) but we did have the roast boar at the main farmers' market in Florence. Chiani? or something close. The stall had a whole roasted boar on the counter and they sliced off pieces, put them on the most fabulous bread, slapped the sandwich on a parchment square and handed it to you. Then you found a seat at one of the communal tables where everyone was downing his treat with red wine...laughing and talking. One of our most memorable meals.

            Tell us about the ham., please

            1. In America, I would always recommend Morisi's Pasta in Brooklyn for any genuine Italian pasta products but unfortunately that 50+ year old family business was bought out by some group in California.

              1. I didn't forget you guys, but the perciatelli (pici) that I ordered has not arrived. I called Nundini's today and found out that they had trouble with the payments (via paypal) and had refunded all the orders. Then I called paypal and they said there had been no credits issued for my account. Now, I have to wait about 10 days for Nundini or Paypal or someone out there to refund my dough before I can re-order. I suppose it's just as well because my local HEB has stopped carrying the dried procini mushrooms and I'll have to go into San Antonio to maybe find some at Central Mkt. Darn. I really had hoped to have tasted this dish by now! But I will persevere and will report.

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                1. re: amazinc

                  Tell u what,, my Pici (fat noodles) arrived today from Caputo's in Salt Lake City.. These are the real deal,,, from Pisa (Tuscany). I'm planning to make a batch this w/e.. Will be glad to share one of my bags with you.. Send me your # and I'll be in touch.. Last I checked, Caputo had 5 bags left. Another distrib/retailer in SF remains an alternate choice. Best, Jack

                  1. re: bornie

                    bornie, please e-mail me at amazinc47@yahoo.com and we'll talk. Thanks