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San Pellegrino Aranciata

Until recently Costco stocked the bottles of San Pellegrino Aranciata - which taste great... I guess there wasn't enough demand, so they stopped selling it... I've looked all over Toronto, and can't find them (the cans are everywhere - but they're not as good)... I tried Seacore in Woodbridge, but didn't have any luck... anybody have any ideas?

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  1. The OP has inadvertently touched a nerve here: namely that a beverage in bottles seems to taste better than the same beverage in cans. Though San Pellegrino Aranciata isn't my thing - I prefer its sister product, San Pellegrino Limonata - I've also noticed that my local Costco has abruptly discontinued carrying 24-bottle flats of both Aranciata and Limonata in its traditional small-but-satisfying 250-ML size bottles. Now it's peddling 24-CAN flats of half and half - l2 cans of Aranciata and 12 cans of Limonata. Mind, the cans are substantially larger - 330 ML - and the price is pretty much the same, which may convince Costco that it's offering better value on the product. But now Aranciata fans must put up with 12 cans of something they'd rather not have, and Limonata fans must figure out what to do with l2 cans of something vaguely orange-y that they don't care for. This effectively doubles the price of our favorite beverage at Costco. But more to the point, it's all in cans, which I maintain don't offer the taste kick I get from bottles. Surely it's not my imagination, is it? I would value any psychological insight on this subject.

    However, to address the OP's specific problem: where to get Aranciata in bottles. Sorry, can't help you - unless you're prepared to pay about double what Costco charges. Seems to me I last saw both Aranciata and Limonata in bottles at my modest neighborhood grocery store. It's a store called Pusateri's, on Avenue Rd. north of Lawrence Ave. You wanna pay double what it should cost you for a bottle of soda pop? I didn't think so. I feel the same way. Otherwise, Pusateri's is a nice place. I guess the only thing left is to get up a petition against Costco, standing outside those big-box stores in the hot sun till we collect a million signatures. Unless someone else can come to our rescue with the news that both Aranciata and Limonata is available - separately, and with Costco-type prices - in 12- or 24-packs at such-and-such a venue. Kindly inform. The OP and I would much appreciate.

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    Pusateri's
    1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

    1. Mr. Case carries it in cases of 24 for $20.99:

      http://www.mrcase.com/product_info.ph...

      Delivery only, but hey, it's a source. :)

      1. If you want to make a trip up to woodbridge youll see this in the major italian supermarkets like Seafood depot or San Antonio fish market. AFAIK they have the three standard San Pelligrino flavours commonly found in cans (Chinotto, Aranciata, Limonata), but in bottle form.

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        1. re: ngmatthe

          Thanks for the tips everyone... I tried the seafood depot - they had the cans for $14.99 - but no bottles... Juno - if you're looking for just the limonata cans - I believe you can get them here by the case (as opposed to the 12/12 at Costco)....

          If I get a chance, i'll try the San Antonio fish market, but it looks like i'll bite the bullet and order a few cases from Mr Case (thanks Jo)... unfortunately, it's a pretty pricey option (just a little less than pusateri's or the summerhill market), which sells them six at a time...

        2. Fiesta Farms had cases of 6 bottles for 4.99 today. They had both aranciata and limonata.

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          Fiesta Farms
          200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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          1. re: myriam5555

            1) any of the "Wholesale Clubs" run now by GFS have them, don't need a membership.

            2) I am always looking for a good idea, couple weeks ago I went into a Home Outfitters store and found myself a home carbanator for water. I also drink a metric tonne of Soda Water every day so it gets expensive when I use the bottles (at 1.35 a 750 ml bottle) . I was a bit concerned about carbonating my own water at home, would it taste good, well dammit it was awesome. I ended up buying a machine for work so I could have it there as well. Basically it pays for itself in 1 shot (about 100litres of water you will make x 1.65 = 165.. and that's what it costs).

            So you can go on continuing to pay for imported water, that costs a lot of money, that is just cabonated, or you can save yourself a lot of money over time and also the huge amount of recycling that is generated through the bottles and cans and do it yourself at home.

            1. re: BusterRhino

              Do you have a recipe for a syrup that approximates the aranciata or limonata flavours? If so, please share as it would be fun to try to make at home.

              1. re: myriam5555

                Just a quick request that if you do have a recipe to share that you post it on the Home Cooking board and then link to it so it's visible to Home Cooks (or, in this case, beverage makers) everywhere, rather than just those here on Ontario. Thanks!

          2. Last time I checked, Highland Farms sells the 6 pack of bottles. IMHO I don't notice much of a difference between the bottles and cans. I do prefer the Aranciata over the Limonata and I find the cans hold more than the bottles.

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            Highland Farms
            850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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            1. re: scarberian

              Like scarberian said, try Highland Farms - there is a location on Dufferin north of Finch where I have bought Aranciata in both cans and bottles.

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              Highland Farms
              850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

              Highland Farms
              3300 Rutherford Rd, Vaughan, ON L4K 5Z2, CA

              1. re: LovelyAsia

                Much obliged to both myriam5555 and scarberian (with an assist from LovelyAsia) for sourcing Limonata in bottles for me. I'll try Highland Farms on Dufferin first - it's closer to where I live - and if I strike out there, south to Fiesta Farms I'll go. At $4.99 for a six-pack at Fiesta Farms, it's roughly the rate at which Costco used to charge for a flat of 24. And it sure beats Pusateri's. I'd do Mr. Case, which is a stiff jolt, only if my back was to the wall. Nice to know Mr. Case exists, though, for that time in the future when a guy my age can no longer heft a flat of 24.

                1. re: juno

                  On a side note, over the weekend I took the family for lunch (women were getting their hair did on Harbord) at Porchetta & Co. The Aranciata was a nice compliment to the porchetta sandwich... mmmmm Aranciata and pork. =9. Porchetta & Co. have both Aranciata and Limonata in cans and they were nice and cold. Just an FYI if you're ever in the neighourhood and need a porchetta sandwich fix =).

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                  Porchetta & Co.
                  825 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON , CA