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Carnaroli and Vialone Nano rice in TO

jmicucci Feb 5, 2010 08:54 AM


Does anyone know where I can purchase Carnaroli or Vialone Nano in Toronto? Wherever I go, I can only find Arborio Rice.


  1. ms. clicquot Feb 5, 2010 09:06 AM

    I've purchased carnaroli at a little Italian shop just north of Yonge and Broadway. I can't recall the name of it but it's right next Noah's, on the east side.

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    1. re: ms. clicquot
      millygirl Feb 5, 2010 09:10 AM

      That would be Pascale's.

      Another spot is Lady York at Dufferin and Lawrence. Much cheaper than some of the other spots mentioned.

      1. re: millygirl
        ms. clicquot Feb 5, 2010 09:13 AM

        Yes, that's it! Thanks millygirl. I even looked on Google street maps but couldn't read the sign!

        1. re: ms. clicquot
          millygirl Feb 5, 2010 09:21 AM

          My pleasure! I haven't been there in years but when I lived in the area I was regular. The husband and wife team were very nice people. I assume they still own it?

          1. re: millygirl
            ms. clicquot Feb 5, 2010 09:24 AM

            I don't know. I used to work in the area and went there regularly but only stop by occasionally now. It's a great little store with all kinds of Italian ingredients. They also used to have really good sandwiches that I'd get for lunch.

            1. re: millygirl
              picholine Feb 5, 2010 05:54 PM

              Yes, they do, and they still carry carnaroli.

      2. TeRReT Feb 5, 2010 09:06 AM

        Cheese boutique definitely has it as does festival on college. Pusateri's probably does, mcewan probably does, and places like whole foods or bruno's might as well.

        1. Googs Feb 5, 2010 09:22 AM

          I buy my carnaroli from Rube's in the basement of the St Lawrence Market.

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            Boodah Feb 5, 2010 02:09 PM

            Highland Farms has Carnaroli, I've never heard of Vialone before so I can't tell you whether they have it or not.

            1. j
              jmicucci Feb 5, 2010 02:52 PM

              Thanks for all the suggestions. I will have to check out some of those stores.

              As I was searching more today, I found that Pasquale Bros Downtown carries both kinds of rice. But, when I look for at their location on google streetview, It doesn't show up. Does anyone know if this place still exists?

              The address is:
              Pasquale Bros. Downtown LTD.
              16 Goodrich rd., Etobicoke
              ON M8Z 4Z8

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              1. re: jmicucci
                sbug206 Feb 5, 2010 05:17 PM

                That's where I got my bag of Carnaroli a few months ago. Definitely cheaper than Rubes in STLM. I got my first taste of it there and it cost $6 for a half pound bag. I don't exactly what Pasquale sold for but it was less than $10 for a 1 kg bag.

                Still there on Streetview, you just have to look further along. The address is a little off.


                1. re: sbug206
                  Googs Feb 6, 2010 05:09 AM

                  sbug206, you must be talking about the itty bitty bags or carnaroli sold at Rube's as opposed to the much cheaper boxed stuff. I don't mind the box. The expensive bagged stuff is for spectac' main course preps only.

              2. g
                GGTO2 Feb 5, 2010 04:46 PM

                Diana Grocery, an Italian grocery store @ 1299 St Clair Ave W., two blocks west of Dufferin.

                1. w
                  wickalicious Feb 5, 2010 05:53 PM

                  saw both at fiesta farms last weekend (christie south of dupont).

                  1. jayt90 Feb 6, 2010 06:05 AM

                    Does anyone have prices? I paid $16/kg bag at SLM two years ago.

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                    1. re: jayt90
                      Dflip Feb 6, 2010 07:44 PM

                      Carnaroli rice can be found at Grande Cheese on Orfus Road, south of Yorkdale Mall, the Walmart at Morningside and Markham Road (Scotti brand in a blue box) and I've also seen it at Bona Via bakery (Painted Post just east of Markham Road). The price varied depending on when I've been there, but $4 - just over $5 per kilo was the price at all three places for a one kilo vacuum sealed box.

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