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U.S. source for the unique and varied Italian dried pastas?

post #1 of 5
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Greetings -

 

For weeks I have tried to find a source for Italian dried pasta that provides more than the 'typical' shapes (flat noodles, angel hair, elbows, penne, ziti.)  I'm referring to the dozens of smaller dried shapes that I read about or see on cooking shows.  I would enjoy using these different shapes, but apparently there is no demand for so many shapes here in the U.S.?  Even the DeCecco homepage is not as extensive as I'd hoped.  Any help would be appreciated.

post #2 of 5

The big brands do not make them. There are upscale specialty brands that do. In most cases if you have a high end Italian deli or gourmet shops they will have them  at about $1.99 to $3.99 pound. In some cases they even come in cello bags with bows on them.

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #3 of 5

I've been able to find special shapes at specialty shops and some local markets. A small market close by me actually sells Trenne, a triangular penne. Before I found that at the market, I just googled the pasta shape by name and found online sources.

post #4 of 5

There's a source out of Chicago called European Imports. They have all those hard to find pastas.

post #5 of 5

   What are you looking for?

http://www.ilovepasta.org/shapes.html

  dan


Edited by gonefishin - 11/14/10 at 7:22am
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