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Jun 17, 2012 09:38 PM

Where to buy the best pasta?

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

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  1. Probably at Milano on St-Laurent blvd.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      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.

      1. re: Mr F

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

        1. re: mr_cb7

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

          closed Sundays

          1. re: kpzoo

            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.

            1. re: Mr F

              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.

              1. re: kpzoo

                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.

    2. 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 : (I actually think La baie des fromages have a biggest selection of these ones)

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      1. re: Glaff

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

        1. re: Glaff

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

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

          1. re: Maximilien

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

          2. re: Glaff

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

            1. re: rosario

              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)

          3. 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.