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where do you buy dried pasta? and what kind?

after a dismal experience with trader joe's spaghetti, i'm looking for a better alternative. where do you go? and what brand?

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  1. Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica sells dozens of dried imported Italian pastas. Almost any kind and shape you can think of including ones I've never seen before.

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    Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
    1517 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Second Bay Cities. I always go with De Cecco. You can find De Cecco at other stores but sometimes it'll cost you almost twice as much compared to Bay Cities. I also like getting olive oil and canned san marzano tomatoes at Bay Cities. Don't forget to pick up some pancetta or guanciale while you're at it. Not to mention some aged Parmigiano-Reggiano and peccorino...basically, its your go to place for italian cooking goods.

      1. re: Porthos

        Third Bay Cities. I usually buy Latini -- just because I've had good experiences with it.

        1. re: aventinus

          I've tried all kinds, but Latini has always been the best for me. Also available at Bristol Farms.

        2. re: Porthos

          Guidi Marcello has a great selection of pasta and all of the above. As well, lovely, personalized service. Guidi Marcello is where the restaurants buy their Italian foodstuffs. Bay Cities is for the public. Guidi is primarily wholesale. Those who know and love Guidi Marcello feel blessed to walk through those narrow aisles and select the best of the best. Be sure to peek into the freezer for the pizzas and desserts. Those desserts will look very familiar, as they are served in so many restaurants. The pizzas are great. They are pretty bare bones (thin crust, light layer of sauce), so be prepared to be creative. Fun being creative with Guidi's condiments (e.g. carciofi, aglio & olio). Great mozzarella & speck.

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          Guidi Marcello
          1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

        3. that makes me sad that Trader Joes no longer sells their bucati or trotolle pastas, (the imported pasta in the brown bag) best pastas ever, bucati is better than spaghetti and the trotolli was the most versatile pasta shape I've ever had, you could use it for macaroni (and other pasta casseroles) with marina, bolognose, alfredo, ala olio, pesto (omg the combination with pesto was insane) or just butter and shaved parmesan and it was a fantastic match for every way you could dress it. :(

          I get my pasta from bay cities or Wallys cheese box now, rustichella d'abruza brand.

          1. In the TJ price range I like the Costco 100% whole wheat pasta.
            You get 6 assorted packages of pasta (16 oz each) for a little over $6.

            1. I adore Rummo. Very much like De Cecco in quality - but for much less money.

              I get it at Super King, you can often find it at Jons too.

              1. I buy Barilla pasta... and, um, you can pretty much go to any grocery store chain to buy it. You would find it in the "pasta" aisle.