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Where Has the Orzo Gone?

brownie Oct 1, 2009 01:41 PM

Ok, maybe it's a Princeton-specific problem... So, I've been to McCaffrey's, Whole Foods, and Whole Earth and I cannot find Orzo anywhere! Not in the bulk bins, not in a package. I did see some at the Italian deli stand in the Trenton Farmers' Market, but it was Sunday, so they were closed.

Is it just me or is there something I should know about Orzo?!

  1. HillJ Oct 6, 2009 06:01 AM

    Orzo is back!! Probably one of those food happenings where an uncommon ingred. gets a media boost (like the NYT recipes for risotto using orzo) and the few boxes on the shelf get nabbed quick. Since this post, I've come across orzo everywhere....same with the canned pumpkin "shortage".... cases of Libby's canned pumpkin are everywhere!

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      glutton Oct 6, 2009 05:03 AM

      I bought some last weekend at Trader Joe's.

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        LEOFONT Oct 4, 2009 06:57 PM

        ShopRite and Kings always has it.........Barella and Ronzoni are 2 brands

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        1. re: LEOFONT
          mschow Oct 5, 2009 10:12 AM

          Is there a Kings near Princeton? I thought they were all up in N Jersey (though there used to be one briefly in Voorhees, which closed well over 10 years ago).

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          cranrob Oct 2, 2009 05:38 AM

          Maybe there was a rush on it because of this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/din...

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          1. re: cranrob
            Check17 Oct 3, 2009 10:48 PM

            Whole Foods definitely had it because I got an organic box of the stuff. Don't know if they have it now.

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            Heatherb Oct 1, 2009 05:59 PM

            Could have sworn I saw it at Whole Foods when I was there last week...

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            1. re: Heatherb
              brownie Oct 2, 2009 04:33 AM

              Not as far as I could see, although we didn't look in the bulk bins last week, just yesterday (still nothing).

              However, my Mom finally remembered to ask someone at one of the aforementioned markets. Turns out that orzo is apparently a major hit at the Jewish Holidays, so local markets were sold out! Go know...as my grandmother (who never served orzo at Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur) would've said.

              Not to belabor this point, but Mom and I were pretty surprised. After all, between her grandmother, mother, and the two of us, we've been cooking for the holidays for generations! I thought, hmm, perhaps a Sephardic tradition? But really, how many Sephardim are there in the greater Princeton area? We're not exactly living near Deal...

            2. Foody4life Oct 1, 2009 03:42 PM

              I had the same dilemma on Monday! Stood in the rice/pasta aisle forever at Wegmans looking for it. Nothing. Went to McCaffrey's Princeton and found it - blue Barilla box in the pasta section. Went back to Wegman's today and see they have lots of Orzo in the Wegman's brand pasta section with the green box. Guess I was blinded on Monday. : )

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