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Where to buy good pancetta in Montreal?

moochoo Oct 13, 2010 07:41 AM

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

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  1. SourberryLily RE: moochoo Oct 13, 2010 08:25 AM

    Atwater Market!

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      kyra2224 RE: SourberryLily Apr 3, 2013 04:42 AM

      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
        Maximilien RE: kyra2224 Apr 3, 2013 04:52 AM

        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.

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          kyra2224 RE: Maximilien Apr 3, 2013 05:04 AM

          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 ..?

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            lagatta RE: kyra2224 Apr 3, 2013 08:44 AM

            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.

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              chefjeannine RE: kyra2224 Apr 3, 2013 12:11 PM

              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.

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            Plateaumaman RE: kyra2224 Apr 5, 2013 06:34 PM

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

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              williej RE: Plateaumaman Apr 5, 2013 06:53 PM

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

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          Plateaumaman RE: moochoo Oct 13, 2010 11:58 AM

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

          1. StellasDad RE: moochoo Apr 27, 2013 01:13 PM

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

            2641 Charland

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              lagatta RE: StellasDad Apr 28, 2013 03:29 AM

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

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                lagatta RE: StellasDad Apr 28, 2013 09:10 AM

                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.

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                  kyra2224 RE: lagatta May 1, 2013 05:58 AM

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

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