Imagine The Pastabilities

Day four of our staycation started in Portland and included a long stop at Micucci's Grocery (45 India St.), where we always stock up on Italian staples. Our favorite? Delverde papardelle nests, a steal at $3.79. Micucci's has the best dried pasta selection we've seen in Maine (though Giacomo's in Bangor is doing a great job), along with all of the trimmings — fabulous balsamic vinegars, wonderful pickled vegetables and a deli that would make your mother cry. The bakery out back was packed at lunchtime and we can see why — the pastries looked sinful, and apparently the Sicilian slices (or slabs, as the case may be) are to die for. But we had a lunch date with Mom in South Portland, so we skipped lunch and headed straight to the checkout. A baguette from Standard Baking Co. beckoned, and we were on our way. Can't wait for papardelle, mushrooms and sausage — more on that later.

Because The Maven always takes a fakation, she's still writing, but this week's posts will be a little shorter than usual. We'll be back in full effect next week. And we can't wait to tell you about all the great goodies from Maine we've discovered on our travels.


Samantha Warren Weddings said...

The Sicilian slabs at Micucci's are worth waiting in line for! I've heard rumors they use raw sugar in their sauce, which gives it a sweetness that is balanced by the finishing salt they sprinkle on top. I cannot eat an entire slice though, especially when we buy a cannoli to go with it. If you happen to be swinging back through, definitely do stop for a slice- even if you have to stand up your mom- it's that good :)

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