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Oct 26, 2012 07:41 AM

Squid ink pasta?

Anyone know where I could buy some to cook at home? Is it pricey? Halloween is my son's birthday and I thought I might try for a black and orange theme for supper.

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  1. Not certain, but I would try Milano, and if that doesn’t work out, that new place at the corner of Mozart and casgrain with Italian goods. A little further est on Jean-Talon near Papineau, Baia dei Formaggi also has a good selection of Italian goods.

    Depending where you’re located, some Italian grocery store may have them.

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    1. re: sweettoothMTL

      I'm in the Snowdon area but could travel.

    2. I've seen small pouch of ink at Milano (at the cheese and charcuterie counter).


      1. Was at the jean talon market on Thursday and saw the fresh pasta store inside has squid ink pasta. Not expensive

        1. Loblaw's (or Provigo, as they're now being re-named) sells spaghetti under their Black Label Collection. It's called Nero di Seppia. Sells for $4.99 for 500 gr box. It's pitch black and colored with cuttlefish ink and has fish powder added to the semolina (cod, haddock and pollock). Here's the product link.

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          1. re: Haggisboy

            Haggisboy, have you tried the Nero di seppia spaghetti? I've seen it too and was interested in how successful their version is.

            Last October, I bought some beautiful deep-orange squash at Jean-Talon Market.

            Squid or cuttlefish tentacles could add the desired "creepy" note to the dish, while respecting the flavour profile.

            1. re: lagatta

              I actually just tried it. I have to admit it was with some trepidation as I feared it would have an off-putting taste. Nope. I fried up some anchovies and garlic in olive oil and tossed the pasta in it. I couldn't detect any fish or non-pasta flavor from the Nero di Seppia, only from the anchovies in the oil. Still, it makes for one heck of a vibrant looking dish.

              1. re: Haggisboy

                At Jean-Talon Market, the beautiful red-orange squash is called Potimarron; this seems to be a cultivar of the kuri or kabocha developed in East Asian countries, though of course squash comes from the Americas. Potimarron is the title of the French Wiki article on this vegetable; the English article is titled Red Kuri squash, though both mention other cultivars.

                Those would certainly make an impressive orange and black dish. I haven't seen any Potimarrons yet, but they will certainly be on hand for Halloween.

            2. re: Haggisboy

              Is this true? Loblaws are being renamed Provigo in Quebec? Loblaws bought Provigo a long time ago, have they decided the Loblaws name doesn't work here? Doesn't make any sense to me. I know one in Kirkland recently changed though.

                1. re: meagain

                  Only certain Loblaws are being renamed. The new banner is called Provigo Le Marché. The stores will be bigger than a Loblaws and offer more whatever BS the fine folks at Loblaws think will make us spend more money there. The smaller stores will still be called Provigo.

                  1. re: SnackHappy

                    Reminds me of all the crap Metro stores in the province that put the "owners" name on the sign like it's a small local grocer.

                    1. re: meagain

                      Please keep the replies on topic. This thread isn't about Loblaws being re-named to Provigo. I only mentioned it in passing in my post.