Great Vodka Sauce???
- john higgins
I've been jonesing for a great vodka sauce for years. 10-12 years ago, the Cornelia Street Cafe had this amazing dish, tagliarini in a vodka sauce. I hate people who order the same dish over and over in a restaurant. But for 2-3 years, I couldn't bring myself to order anything else there because I loved it so much. Then, of course, CSC changed chefs and changed menus and the vodka sauce came off. Sigh.
For a few years I tried vodka sauce (usually served as penne vodka) at restaurant after restaurant and was bitterly disappointed again and again. It was too creamy, rather than tomatoey; or too spicy, or not spicy enough, or otherwise bland. I simply gave up, refusing for the past few years to even try any longer.
But a friend had me over for dinner and served this, reawakening my interest. So this is the crowd to ask: where can I find fabulous vodka sauce in NYC???
I haven't been there in a couple of years, but Pasta del Giorno on Austin St. in Forest Hills used to have (and I hope still has) wonderful Penne ala Vodka. Like you, I would go there intending to try something new, but could never bring myself to pass up that vodka sauce. I don't get to that neighborhood as much anymore, and have been continually disappointed when trying vodka sauce other places. If you go, let me know what you think.
I really dig the fusilli alla vodka at Three of Cups down in the east village. I don't even know what makes it so special, but i can't get past it.
Also, Angels on 62nd and 1st gives theirs a cool spin... it's more oil than cream based, served with whole chunks of tomatoes and prosciutto. And they serve you enough to feed three!
You might try Pepe Rosso's in Soho -- They serve Penne with pancetta and vodka sauce that is wonderful -- big chunks of tomatoes, not very creamy, but rich and heavenly.