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Best Selection of Dried Pasta in the Boston Area

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

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    1. re: phonelady

      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.

    2. Tutto Italiano always has a wide selection.

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

        1. 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.

          1. 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

            1. New Deal in Revere.

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