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Piedmontese Torrone (Where To Find) [MSP]

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Christmas 2009. My Grandmother. 90 years old. Italian. Loves traditional torrone from Piedmont (the soft kind with the hazelnuts, not pistachios). Usually order it from Williams-Sonoma. On their website a week ago. Now gone. Called. Goner.

So my question: Has anyone seen traditional (soft, hazelnut) boxes of torrone in the cities? I know Surdyk's doesn't have it and I'll try Delmonico's next week.

For the person who finds it; a mention in the accompanying card.

HELP!

Here is what it looked like before it disappeared: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

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  1. I've seen Italian sweets in a number of locations but have not looked specifically for the torrone. In addition to Delmonicos, these usual suspects are worth a call:

    Buon Giorno
    981 Sibley Memorial Highway
    Lilydale, MN 55118
    (651) 905-1080
    Fax: (651) 905-1082

    Broders' Cucina Italiana
    2308 West 50th Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55410-2202
    (612) 925-3113
    BCI@broders.com

    Cossetta's Italian Market
    211 7th Street West
    St Paul, MN 55102-2520
    (651) 222-3476
    This post from last March tells me there is torrone at Cossetta's, but doesn't say whether it's the type you seek:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/607210

    Last resort, this site sells soft hazelnut torrone. That particular product comes in a block rather than in individually wrapped pieces:
    http://www.torronecandy.com/torrone.php

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    1. re: KTFoley

      Lovely suggestions!

      And to be clear; I am looking for this in block form (I did not realize it came another way). It is usually boxed and about 3" x 12"

    2. totally guessing here, and i think KT's suggestions are better, but morelli's (sp?) market near yrusso's on payne ave in st paul may also have this 'round the holiday time.

      1. I've never found block Torrone in the Twin cities after several years of searching. All the markets carry good selections of pre-wrapped torrone. I'd suggest mail order (or my solution), learn to make it yourself.. Fresher really is better.

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        1. re: DinMedina

          Depending on what you are looking for, I can confirm that there are several varieties of torrone (non-block torrone is torroncini, they have both) at Cossetta's.

        2. As of a few weeks ago, Cossetta's definitely had the soft Torrone with hazelnuts - I know because I bought a log and ATE IT ALL that day. It was a long log, but wasn't boxed, if I recall correctly (I remember squeezing each type of torrone to be sure that I was getting the soft kind.) They have several flavors - pistachio, hazelnut, vanilla, chocolate-covered, etc. I got the "plain" with hazelnuts (like your grandmother, it's my favorite, too), and it was wonderful. You need to go to Cossetta's!

          Me, I'm going back for more this week, so please don't buy it all. :-) Actually, if it's for your grandmother, please DO buy it all if it will make her happy. And tell her Buon Natale from me!

          Anne

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          1. re: AnneInMpls

            Oh, no!!!! I have lied to your grandmother! My memory was faulty - the soft plain torrone is almond, not hazelnut. There is a hazelnut version, but it's chocolate-covered. And there's a non-chocolate hazelnut version, in mini portions, but my surreptitious squeeze led me to believe that they weren't particularly soft.

            The almond torrone is fabulous, even though almonds aren't hazelnuts. But give Cossetta's a call and see if there's a hazelnut version somewhere - they seem to have at least 15 versions of torrone.

            Anne

            1. re: AnneInMpls

              Sadly, indeed. We went Monday night and found every iteration except the one we needed (hard hazelnut, soft pistachio, soft almond, soft hazelnut with chocolate etc).

              The staff sorta shrugged when we told them what we were looking for.

              On the bright side I was able to pickup some panforte and lazzaroni amoretti cookies...the search continues.

          2. Broder's! A limited selection, but they had EXACTLY when I needed. Thanks to everyone for their help and Happy Holidays!