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Where to buy the best pasta?

mr_cb7 Jun 17, 2012 09:38 PM

What is the best tasting pasta brand available retail in the MTL area?

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    Maximilien RE: mr_cb7 Jun 18, 2012 02:28 AM

    Probably at Milano on St-Laurent blvd.

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      Mr F RE: Maximilien Jun 18, 2012 05:42 AM

      Agree with Max: Milano has a huge selection of dried pastas from Italy, and good fresh pasta.

      I haven't tried many of the high-end imported brands ($$$), but occasionally one of them goes on sale. Conclusion: just about any fancy artisanal Italian pasta is probably going to be better than any of the widely available brands.

      Among the mass-market brands, I've found Del Verde and Barilla perfectly acceptable, but not really special either.

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        mr_cb7 RE: Mr F Jun 18, 2012 06:35 AM

        Thanks. Thats Marché Milano? I'm looking for a good high end pasta. $$$ isn't an issue its just for every once and awhile.

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          kpzoo RE: mr_cb7 Jun 18, 2012 06:44 AM

          Milano Fruiterie
          6862 St Laurent Montreal, QC H2S 3C7
          (514) 273-8558
          closed Sundays

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            Mr F RE: kpzoo Jun 18, 2012 09:27 AM

            No, it's open Sundays. According to Yelp it's 8 to 5, but I'm not completely sure the 8 a.m. opening time is accurate.

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              kpzoo RE: Mr F Jun 18, 2012 09:31 AM

              Ah - that must be fairly new, thanks for the heads-up! I always seem to be in the neighbourhood on Sunday, and it's always been closed.

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                kpzoo RE: kpzoo Jun 23, 2012 12:30 PM

                Wow, not only are they now open Sundays, they've completely reconfigured the store and have a bunch of new features, including a section with cooking & baking supplies and another with prepared foods like roast chicken (1/2 chicken for $5, whole for $10), soups (I got 500 mL of delicious carrot-ginger soup for under $2), lasagna and eggplant parmagiana. Lots of staff on hand to help find things and answer questions, too. Very nice.

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      Glaff RE: mr_cb7 Jun 18, 2012 06:51 AM

      Yes, I'd go for Milano, but La baie des fromages is worth the visit too.

      Look for this brand if you're looking for one of the best : http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_U299Y4dlqys... (I actually think La baie des fromages have a biggest selection of these ones)

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        westaust RE: Glaff Jun 18, 2012 06:54 AM

        That brand can also be found at Les Douceurs du Marché at Atwater Market, and they have a fairly large selection of shapes

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          Maximilien RE: Glaff Jun 18, 2012 07:32 AM

          Yep, that's "my" brand of pasta.

          And that pasta, Fregola Sarda, in particular was my most recent discovery in pasta-land.

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            mr_cb7 RE: Maximilien Jun 18, 2012 08:08 AM

            Great. I will definitely check that one out. Thanks everybody.

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            rosario RE: Glaff Jun 18, 2012 08:47 AM

            100% agree with that brand - approx. $4.49/500g. I use it always except when I make my own fresh pasta.

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              InterFoodie RE: rosario Jun 18, 2012 10:40 AM

              When I’m looking to buy fresh pasta, I go to Pasta Casareccia
              They have a good assortment of fresh, dry pasta and other Italian specialities.

              I recently returned from Italy where I would buy fresh truffle stuffed ravioli for two $4 euros!
              Real truffles, not essenece oil or truffle aroma.
              When I asked what sauce to use, the owner told me that if I used any sauce, she would not sell me anymore. LOL
              She suggested just olive oil and freshly grated Parmigianno Reggiano cheese.
              It was the best pasta I have ever had; I had to go back several times.
              I was thinking of throwing all my clothes out and stuffing my suitcase with pasta, but realized that the pesky Canada customs beagle would sniff me out.

              Is there a place in Montreal that does truffle pasta?

              PASTA CASARECCIA
              5849 Sherbrooke street west. (Corner Draper)

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            mattlane RE: mr_cb7 Jun 21, 2012 04:38 PM

            As posted above, I second the motion re. Rustichella D'Abruzzo - pricey at $5 a box, but you get whet you pay for. Really the best.

            I don't eat pasta that often, so the price is not a big deal. If you have a family, or eat pasta a lot, I'd suggest Garofalo as a good, well made alternative Italian hard pasta at around $2.50 for 500g.

            Both are definitwly a cut above Barilla which is now, regrettably, no longer made in Italy.



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