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Feb 5, 2010 08:54 AM

Carnaroli and Vialone Nano rice in TO


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


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  1. 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

      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

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

        1. re: ms. clicquot

          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

            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

              Yes, they do, and they still carry carnaroli.

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

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

            1. 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

                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

                  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.