FRESH pasta in Raleigh area
Was shocked today looking for fresh pasta to find that Trader Joe's, Fresh Market & Whole Foods had such a small selection of fresh pasta (NOT stuffed raviolis). Will I fare any better at Southern Seasons or Waver's Market? I don't really want to go that fr for something like this. Also, I eill try Antonio's Market in Lafayette Villsge but I'm not holding out too much hope. Can anyone throw me a liifeline or must I wait til my visit to Phila. in August?
Well, I paid $7 for a pound of Melina's black pepper fettucine and found it kind of tasteless and, though I cooked it "al dente", a bit soft. Her stuffed raviolis may be great but this product left something to be desired. The search continues...maybe I'll find Extrusions somewhere...
Bbqme - Extrusions made excellent pasta but I don't think their Durham location is open any longer, and the number has been disconnected for some time. Whole Foods sold their pasta for years; they first stopped selling it in one of the Raleigh stores, so whenever I was in Durham I would stop there specifically for some. A couple of years ago the other locations stopped selling it as well...someone also mentioned they were doing business in Wilmington at one point but I don't see any references in google.
Most fresh pasta I see around here is tender bland and eggy, whereas the Extrusions pasta had both a strong wheat/whole grain flavor and a proper toothy texture, like my favorite (and expensive) artisanal Italian dried pastas e.g. Martelli, but *fresh*. I was never sure whether this was due to the kind of flour they used, dry time after cutting, or what. When I make pasta myself (including decent semolina flour from King Arthur) I still can't get a taste and texture close to the Extrusions product.
I get Melinas pasta every week or two at Saturday morning farmer's market behind Southern Season. I think her black pepper pasta is a little more interesting than the plain. She made a black pepper linguine that was wonderful but last week, she said she has stopped making it and is making angel hair instead. She is a work in progress. You can see locations where she sells at her website, http://www.melinaskitchen.com/
There is also a fresh pasta purveyor in Durham called Extrusions. I know Weaver St. Market in Carrboro carries their products but don't know if or who carries their pasta in Raleigh. You can give them a call and ask.
Extrusions: A Fresh Pasta Shoppe
W Nc-54, Durham, NC, 27713
I can't vouch for the quality, but you might want to give Melina's a try:
Also, here is an older thread that may be of help:
Finally, here is an article from The Independent Weekly about Melina's and 2 other producers: