A Mysterious Kitchen Tool to Some, But Not to Me!

Every once in a while I scan certain blogs just to see what’s new in the world of food. When I came across a post on ‘Taste of Beirut’ recently, I became very excited. Joumana, the Taste of Beirut blogger, wrote about a ‘mysterious kitchen tool’ where she asked her readers if they could identify it. Immediately I knew it was a manti-cutting tool, and that it was a MUST-HAVE in my Armenian kitchen. Before I had a chance to send my thought, someone else commented that it looked like a manti rolling tool. And it was – the Mantimatic! (How could you not love that name?? Mantimatic…it just rolls off your tongue!)

The Mantimatic (Image from TasteofBeirut.com)

I posted my own comment to Joumana  asking where – in the United States – would I  be able purchase one. (Joumana bought hers in Beirut.) She kindly wrote back suggesting I might find one in an Armenian store in Los Angeles or Glendale, CA. Well, since I live in south Florida, making a trip to California to search for a mantimatic was simply out-of-the-question. Instead I put out my feelers to cousins and friends who live on the west coast. The results of those inquiries were unsuccessful, so I contacted Armenian-Middle Eastern stores and wholesalers from South Florida to New York City to San Francisco and came up empty handed.

Now it’s my turn to ask my readers for help:


If you’ll recall, my first try at making manti wasn’t all that succuessful – it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great, either. Perhaps making dough from scratch and having a precise cutting device, would improve my next attempt.


With that in mind, can anyone reading this please tell me where -or- how  can I purchase a mantimatic?
Any thoughts and/or  information regarding a source would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks everyone!

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13 Comments

  1. Dikranagertzi to the bone January 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I'm sure you've already done this, but could you get someone to check out the stores in Paterson?

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    1. Anonymous December 20, 2012 at 4:58 am

      There is a store in Paterson – at 251 Crooks Ave. -Akmarket – Turkish , but they have similar food. Phone: 973-742-3700
      and…Cihane Pastunesi 358 Lawton Ave. Cliffside PArk, NJ 201-840-6111…
      You may wish to contact them to see if they have what you are looking for..

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    2. Robyn December 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions.

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  2. Robyn January 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks! My family has already been to the Paterson stores, but no luck. I have another source who knows where to get it in Beirut, so with any luck, I should end up owning one. Now, if we can only get some stores in the U.S. to carry them…

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  3. Anonymous January 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I actually just found it by mistake, but I would NEVER spend this kind of money for it! I'll stick with my pizza wheel! I had looked myself when I saw Joumana's post but couldn't find one in the U.S. When I just went to pull up the link to the closest option I could find (in FL) to send you (Expandable Cutter), I saw that they had one of these as well! (Universal Adjustable Cutter $259.99)

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  4. Robyn January 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Oh my, Chris! I'm hoping the actual mantimatic doesn't cost as much as the Universal Adjustable Cutter you mentioned. At that price, I can made a lifetime supply of manti using a rolling pin and pizza wheel.
    Thanks for checking.

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    1. Anonymous January 31, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      I know, I couldn't even justify the cost of their expandable cutter. Depending on how many blades, they were $66-$100. I'll definitely stick with the pizza wheel! It would be a great tool to have though. I realllllly wish there was some sort of Paklava press cutter so you could do the whole tray in one shot. 🙂

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  5. Anonymous January 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    When I made my own dough, I used a ravioli cutter wheel.
    Love you blog

    Linda

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    1. Robyn January 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Good thought; the ravioli cutter seems to be an appropriate alternative. Thanks.

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  6. Karen Lilla January 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I can check the stores in Watertown/Belmont, Massachusetts. Just looked at two online and didnt see it offered, but I'll look when I'm there in person later this week.

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    1. Robyn January 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you, Karen. How kind of you to offer to check!

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  7. Robert May 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I know a lot of people grew up having their mothers cook everything for them and they never participated in the cooking process. Kitchen tool expert

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