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ambergersa Oct 14, 2012 11:50 AM

My mother and I are cooking through Mike Isabella's Crazy Good Italian.
I've had success finding most of the ingredients at GrandMart, but am at a loss as where to find squid ink, saba (I thought my local liquor store carried it, but I was wrong, and mortadella. I live in So MD, but work in Arlington.

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    reedd Dec 29, 2013 06:23 AM

    Since you work in Arlington, this is a good source:

    European Foods Import-Export in Arlington carries squid ink.
    2700 N. Pershing Drive • Arlington, Virginia 22201

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    1. re: reedd
      ambergersa Dec 29, 2013 02:32 PM

      Thanks!! Did not know it existed,but will check it out soonest!!

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      ambergersa Oct 21, 2012 10:32 AM

      Went to the Italian Store yesterday and found saba and mortadella. I guess I should not have gone on a Saturday, it was off the chain crowded! The line was too long to get something to eat, so I ended up having lunch at BGR next door. It was ver good, thanks for the help!

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        nmr2002 Oct 19, 2012 07:59 AM

        Saba you can get at Dean and Deluca. Squid ink, as far as I could find, can't really be sourced locally, but you can get a nice big tin of it on Amazon, and saba is available there as well. I prefer the large jar to the individual packets. A little goes a long way, but it lasts, basically, forever. It was about $35 for a year's worth.

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        1. re: nmr2002
          ambergersa Oct 19, 2012 07:18 PM

          Thanks so much! I'll go to Amazon then for squid ink.

        2. alkapal Oct 19, 2012 06:33 AM

          for mortadella, i like arrowine's…preferring it over that from italian store.

          arrowine may even have the squid ink, if i recall correctly. give them a call, or stop by.

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            piafoodie Oct 16, 2012 11:25 AM

            Try The Italian Store on Lee Hwy and Spout Run in Arlington. They have good Mortadella, not sure about the others.

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            1. re: piafoodie
              ambergersa Oct 16, 2012 07:33 PM

              Thanks! I've never been, but I've read a lot about it on this board. does it just have prepared food,, or does it also sell groceries?

              1. re: ambergersa
                piafoodie Oct 18, 2012 05:39 PM

                It is a small Italian grocery store. They also make pizza and Italian subs, but they mostly sell Italian groceries, including fresh pasta, cured meats, olive oil, wine, etc. They have great Italian sausage.

            2. Bob W Oct 15, 2012 07:17 AM

              For mortadella, Wegmans. They have an excellent selection of cold cuts.

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              1. re: Bob W
                ambergersa Oct 15, 2012 10:38 AM


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