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Feb 17, 2011 04:52 PM

Anyone know where to find campanelle pasta in Calgary? How about Vialone Nano rice ?

I'm looking to try a few new recipes, and have had trouble finding two items in Calgary:

- campanelle pasta

Pasta in the shape of a small cone with a ruffled edge. Also known as gigli. Looks like this:

- vialone nano rice

An Italian white rice with short, plump grains, which have a creamy consistency when cooked.

I've tried two Italian grocery stores, Lina's Italian Market and The Italian Supermarket without luck. The cashier at Lina's had never even heard of campanelle.

Just wondering if anyone had seen either of these two items around Calgary ?

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  1. Campanelle pasta is also known as Gigli - maybe that was the issue? I know Barilla makes it, if you couldn't find it at Lina's or the Italian Supermarket then The Italian Store (by Scarpone's near the old Westjet building just off Deerfoot) is probably your best bet - or Cookbook Company, A Touch of Italy (ATOI) or Mercato (which if you haven't been , Mercato's is pricier than the places you've been already).

    Vialone Nano I've seen at The Italian Store & Cookbook Company and at Homesense from time to time. If you come up empty you can always sub easier to find Arborio.

    Hope that helps : )

    The Italian Store
    5140 Skyline Way NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6V1, CA

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    1. re: maplesugar

      Maple I've seen Gigli - several shapes-and Vialone Nano, Carnarole and several other varieties of risotto there. It's the best Italian market in town for selection.

      Also, if they do not have a product, they will look into it, and may bring it in if they think there will be a big enough market for it.. Really nice people.

      1. re: Scary Bill

        Bill I mentioned a few places I assume you're referring to The Italian Store? I agree, very nice people. About Gigli I think there is a brand Gigli as well as a pasta shape gligli del gargano - the OP was looking for the shape he/she linked above. I'd think any shape with a twist - rotini or radiatori - would work in a pinch.

        1. re: maplesugar

          Yes, The Italian Store.

          I was assuming the brand, not the shape. In fact I had never heard of the shape, so another day, something learned.

          Agreed, you could substitute any small-medium bronzo pasta with ridges that would be able to hold a heavy sauce.

          I would still try the Italian store simply for the vast assortment of shapes to choose from as well as the quality pastas offered.

          The Italian Store
          5140 Skyline Way NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6V1, CA

    2. Saw some at Winners at Shawnessey yesterday for $4, a real steal. Also Carnaroli and two types of Spanish paella rice.

      1. Thanks maplesugar and Bill, I really appreciate it!