On a Home Cooking thread, Rubee mentioned farro and Italian black rice used in a recipe by Suzanne Goin of LA. I've not had either but now am intent on hunting some down locally instead of mail ordering. I'm thinking that one of the Italian markets in San Jose might carry both products, but I've never been to any of them. My prospective targets are listed below, so any confirmation or additions is greatly appreciated. I'll probably call these places to confirm, but just thought I'd tap into houndly wisdom too.
In searching on CH, I also came across a couple of old school Italian delis that sound great for meatball subs, ravioli, etc. Any recent news on Paradiso, Antipasto's, or La Villa? I had great fun on my SJ Middle Eastern food tour (linked below) and will have to do the same for Italian!