Toronto: ISO Italian pasta condiment "aglio olio & peperoncino"
- Olivia Nov 16, 2009 05:42 PM
My lovely friend brought me back a bag of pasta seasoning from her trip to Italy: sliced garlic, parsley, and crushed peppers, all dried, that you toss with pasta water and oil, or even just sprinkle on after cooking. The package is labelled "aglio olio & peperoncino" and is made by Ficari. I'm sure I could try to make it if desperate, but the proportions are really spot-on.
I'm totally addicted, and almost out, and would love to pick some up in Toronto. Has anyone seen this stuff?
ETA: found a picture (bag on the far right)
Just for your clarification Pasta Aglio e Olio isn't a pasta condiment, it's an actual pasta dish consisting of noodles(generally speaking of spaghetti, linguine, fettucini) tossed with olive oil, garlic, breadcrumbs, parsley, chilies and pecorino). It's pretty common in the households of italy as a cheap staple dinner and is almost always made with fresh ingredients not pre-packaged dry ones. I would imagine the dried packaged stuff is the equivalent of instant soup mix or mr. noodles.
Found a container of it, albeit another brand, at Jerry's Supermarket (Danforth, between Greenwood and Coxwell; many other Italian groceries available). "La Cosentina," distributed by Aurora foods.
Insideman, oh, goodness, of course! Yeah, if that was the dish I was making would definitely use fresh. Dried parsley is beyond pointless. I use it as a table condiment. My friends who brought it back for me said that all the places they went to in Bologna served the pasta course with small bowls of parmesan and the chili-garlic mix.
Joey, I still haven't made it up to Eddystone as I'm at the other end of the city, but will be sure to try to go soon.
Fiesta Farms carries products that sound like what you're describing. They're on a display in the far-left aisle, next to the chips and pop.
200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA