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Thursday fresh pasta emergency

Can anyone tell me where I can pick up some good fresh pasta (just the noodles - plain) somewhere in northeast Toronto. Thornhill, Richmond Hill, thereabouts. I'm coming into the city and have promised to bring dinner to a friend's house. I want to serve fresh fettuccine with my excellent pesto. Thanks to anyone who can help.

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  1. I don't know anywhere in that end of town for fresh pasta, but if you can't find fresh pasta in time and there's a fancy food boutique near you, try looking for Cipriani's boxed fettucine. It's so tender it could easily be mistaken for purchased fresh. I like to make my own pasta but I keep some Cipriani on hand in case of kitchen emergencies on days I've promised a fancy meal!

    1. This isn't in the area you requested, but Pastissima at Yonge and Sheldrake makes good fresh pasta.

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      Pastissima
      2633 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2J6, CA

      1. If you have a favourite Italian resto in the burbs, I'd call them and ask if they prepare their own pasta. If they do, they might sell you a bag... I used to live in the burbs, and went to the Grande Cheese outlet on occasion. Not sure if they sell fresh, but it doesn't hurt to call. Another option is to pick up your pasta in the city.... I'm sure there are lots of others, but Pastissima (a Toronto fresh pasta store on Yonge Street, between Lawrence and Eglinton) has been around for ages, so I guess they know what they're doing....

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        Pastissima
        2633 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2J6, CA

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        1. re: Moimoi

          Thanks - I know where to get pasta further downtown but I'm coming in from the east and don't want to get snarled up in midtown traffic. I do know where there used to be a good pasta shop in Oshawa - M+G Pastaworks - on Stevenson Rd. but the website no longer works so I'm not sure it's still in business.

          1. re: Nyleve

            If you can't find fresh pasta, DeCecco is a fine substitute.

            ed: There is a hand made noodle shop in the Pacific Mall, second floor .

            1. re: jayt90

              Agree. Premium dried is better than non-fresh, so-so quality "fresh" pasta.

        2. I don't KNOW if they do it, but it seems worth a call to Calabria Bakery. Locations in Scarborough at Midland south of Ellesmere and in Markham on the south side of Hwy 7 in the strip plaza to the east side of McCowan Rd.
          http://www.calabriabakery.ca/

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          Calabria Bakery
          1772 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

          1. Also a bit out of the area you mentioned, but not TOO far is Pasta Casereccia specializes in making fresh pasta, in Vaughan. They'll definitely have fettuccine (though their pappardelle is my fave).

            It's at 160 Applewood Cres, just north of Jane and Hwy 7.

            1. Thanks all. I'm probably just going to get dried. I agree - good dried is much better than mediocre fresh. But good fresh is so good with pesto. I won't have time to get over to Vaughan. Oh well. DeCecco it will probably be.

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              1. re: Nyleve

                I don't know if I am too late or if this is too far, but check out this website.

                http://www.multipasta.com/

                Also there is fresh pasta available at Costco or Longo's, I have tried the Costco one and found it to be ok for the price.

                1. re: sweetie

                  Bingo - that should work! I can swing by the place on my way into the city - heading to the north end anyway. Perfect - thank you!

                2. re: Nyleve

                  Maybe it'll be best if you make your own?

                  1. re: Nyleve

                    I always forget about conventional means. Try Highland Farms on Ellesmere just a touch west of Kennedy. They appear to be along your way, have fresh pasta and, if you don't like what you see, have DeCecco. For a major grocery store, I'm always fairly impressed with the Italian goods they stock.

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

                  2. Thanks for the recommendation of Multipasta in Richmond Hill. It's quite the little place - lots of prepared things and fresh pasta. He rolled and cut the pasta to order and it was good, if just a tad thick for my taste. But never mind - it was a great little discovery. Much appreciated.

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                    1. re: Nyleve

                      I am so glad it fit your needs.