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Best Selection of Dried Pasta in the Boston Area

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mezzodiva54 Apr 7, 2011 12:34 PM

Hi, I came across a recipe for cavatelle this week, and before I punt and substitute something else, I thought I'd ask -- is there a go-to place for a better-than-average selection of dried pastas?

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    phonelady RE: mezzodiva54 Apr 7, 2011 01:03 PM

    I usually get them frozen - any special reason for the dried?

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      mezzodiva54 RE: phonelady Apr 7, 2011 01:52 PM

      I'm talking about varieties of shaped macaroni, e.g., rigatoni, orecchiete, or, in this particular case, cavatelle, a pasta that looks like gnocchi but is made of semolina, not potatoes.

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      newhound RE: mezzodiva54 Apr 7, 2011 03:09 PM

      Tutto Italiano always has a wide selection.

      1. pinehurst RE: mezzodiva54 Apr 7, 2011 03:11 PM

        J Pace & Sons in Saugus has a good selection, too.

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          winedude RE: mezzodiva54 Apr 7, 2011 03:52 PM

          It's a bit of a shlep, but Tony's Colonial, on Atwells Ave in Providence, has a TON of varieties of dried pasta, from Italy of course.

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            pasuga RE: mezzodiva54 Apr 7, 2011 06:25 PM

            Have you tried Salumeria Italiana in the North End? They have a website, maybe just google it, and ask. If they don't have it they could probably find it for you, they're very service-oriented. They do generally carry a good selection of dried imported pasta.

            just fyi, this time of year it's best to stay away from the area just before Easter. <g>

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            Salumeria Italiana
            151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

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              ebpizza RE: mezzodiva54 Apr 7, 2011 07:19 PM

              New Deal in Revere.

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                phatchris RE: mezzodiva54 Apr 8, 2011 03:29 PM

                You can get pretty much anything fresh at Depasquales or dried at J Pace, both on Cross St. in the North End.

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