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Oct 13, 2010 07:41 AM

Where to buy good pancetta in Montreal?

Hi, hoping some of you could provide suggestions on where to buy pancetta anywhere in the downtown area? Thanks!

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    1. re: SourberryLily

      I am also looking for good pancetta (making spaghetti alla carbonara). Does anyone know which stand would be best in terms of getting the best pancetta at ATwater or Jean Talon market?

      Also need a good recommendation for fresh pasta. Thanks!

      1. re: kyra2224

        Fresh pasta a easily found at (I assume) both markets.

        Pancetta is also easily found in everywhere, might have a go at Milano or Hamel near and around Jean-Talon Market.

        I think they mostly sell the same thing; might have a try at Cochon Tout Rond @ JTM.

        If you want to make a good carbonara, you could try hunting down Ganciale, which is what it is made with instead of pancetta; but it is rarely found in Montreal; I think I remember "Le Comptoir Charcuterie et Vin" used to make it they might have some to sell.

        As for pasta, I like dried pasta best for carbonara; it will hold better when tossing the ingredients.

        Good luck.

        1. re: Maximilien

          Guanciale is of course preferable but to find great quality guanciale anywhere can prove to be quite difficult as I have searched myself in Toronto.

          thanks for your recommendations, I am coming to visit MTL again in May as I had such an enjoyable time last time.

          Also which market would you recommend in terms of eating lunch at the market? I have searched the threads and internet but hard pressed to find RECENT info on actual "stands/vendors" that would be good to eat at other than glaces aux havres, aqua mare ..?

          1. re: kyra2224

            I can't really recommend anywhere outstanding to eat right in the Market. Perhaps the crêpe place? (opposite aqua mare, at the northeastern corner).

            I'd be inclined to send you across Jean-Talon to Le Petit Alep, just opposite the market, corner Jean-Talon and de Gaspé.

            1. re: kyra2224

              I'll also recommend Petit Alep (as per Lagatta), but the market had some good places too. I like Premiere Moisson for a quick salad/sandwich for lunch, El Rey del Taco on the north side of the market, and sausage sandwiches from William J. Walter on the south side.

          2. re: kyra2224

            You can get very good pancetta at Milano which is pretty close to the Jean-Talon market.

            1. re: Plateaumaman

              Fou d'ici downtown near Place des Arts had some today.

        2. I got some at Vieille Europe this week - very salty but tasty.

          1. Johnny Proscuitto in St.Michel. Family-run business. Great service, wonderful products and fairly priced.

            2641 Charland

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            1. re: StellasDad

              I didn't know Johnny also did retail (they make good prosciutto crudo as well). Thanks.

              1. re: StellasDad

                By the way, while you are chez Johnny, you can also drop by Boulangerie Romina: 2275, avenue Charland, Montréal, 514 383-0900

                their owners are from Argentina and they make tapas for empanadas and pascualinas, as well as homemade empanadas, medialunas (little Argentine brioche croissants) and other specialities, as well as the usual Italian breads and bakery products.

                1. re: lagatta

                  Thank you all for your responses, can't wait for my trip next week!