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This will stump you: Pizzoccheri - It's buckwheat pasta, but where can you find it?

crackie Oct 26, 2010 08:02 PM

Mark Bittman has a great recipe for making dishes from this northern Italian buckwheat pasta, but I can't find it anywhere in PDX. Tried Pastaworks and other such usual places. No dice. And it's $8 + $8 to ship from Amazon...a little steep for a pound of pasta.

Anyone know where to find it?

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    JayinPortland RE: crackie Oct 26, 2010 08:22 PM

    Looks like this pasta is on the easier end of the "made by hand" scale, but as for premade -- best bet is probably to ask one of our coops if they'd consider carrying it? People's here in SE is very responsive to such requests...

    1. JillO RE: crackie Oct 26, 2010 08:48 PM

      You can probably sub soba (buckwheat noodles) which are easy to find. If Pastaworks and Martinotti's don't have it and Provvista Specialty Foods doesn't carry it, you probably can't buy it here.

      The good news is buckwheat flour is easy to find. Jay's right, you might have to make your own.

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        crackie RE: JillO Oct 27, 2010 09:00 AM

        I'm bad a pasta making, so that probably wouldn't do the dish justice. Martinotti's is a good call, though. Forgot about them. Provvista doesn't carry it.

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          JillO RE: crackie Oct 27, 2010 10:10 PM

          If you don't want to use soba, the closest thing to sub would be a whole wheat pasta (like tagliatelle or fettucine), I suppose...not the same, I know.

          I have heard that buckwheat flour is easier to deal with than regular flour, but I don't make pasta either, so I don't know.

          If you find it, post back!

          I know that Pastaworks carries fregola, because I was on a fregola quest a couple of years ago...they might order some pizzoccheri in for you if you ask.

      2. pdxgastro RE: crackie Oct 30, 2010 01:16 PM

        Sheridan Fruit Company has an imported pasta section. I may or may not have seen Pizzocheri there. Give them a call 503-236-2114.

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