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Randazzo Sheepshead Bay Amazing Sauce

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We had dinner at Randazzo Sheepshead Bay and the food was really fresh and good. The fried calamari was perfect and the medium sauce that came with it was amazing. Does anyone know what is in this dynamite sauce and how they make it?

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  1. I still haven't figured out what's in their sauce. I remember for a while they used to sell it by the clam bar. I rarely have the medium sauce and usually go for the hot sauce.

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    1. re: MrsT

      I have been trying to figure it out myself. I know it has tomatoes,parsley,olive oil, hot pepper, and garlic. The consistency is so thick and rich . We got some spaghetti with medium sauce to go awhile back, with extra sauce and I made Shrimp Fra Diavolo with the extra sauce. It was absolutely awesome, the best I have ever eaten

      If anyone has any ideas, please post them.

    2. I have been trying for years to get the ingredients for the medium sauce. I moved to WNC and can't get any good food anymore, and I dream about going to Randazzo's. It is the first place I go to when I am in NY, which is not often. When I win the lottery, I will have food flown down here or better yet, I'll move back to Brooklyn.

      1. I have always loved the hot/medium sauce and wished I knew how to make it. What we need is an 'expert' sauce pathologist to deconstruct it and publish their findings on Chowhound!!

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        1. re: NYJewboy

          'Sauce Pathologist" I LOVE it!
          I think at least part of it must be from adding the shellfish shells to the sauce as it cooks.

        2. Al I know is that it's the best I've ever had. I've been eating it for decades. When the sauce is on it has many levels of flavor.

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          1. re: Barry Strugatz

            they may offer it by mail order and UPS shipping. maybe

            1. re: MarkG

              Am I the only one who thinks that Randazzo's sauce is mediocre at best?

              1. re: bigmackdaddy

                May I suggest trying it more than once. The quality can vary a bit but when it's on it's the best IMHO. What's your fave?

                1. re: Barry Strugatz

                  I've been going to Randazzo's since the '70's. Back in the day when Emmons was seafood row. It used to be very good, however for around eight years the quality of the sauce and food has suffered. So far 457 Court has the best tomato sauce I've tried.

                2. re: bigmackdaddy

                  I didn't care for the hot or medium sauces, all that much. They just taste like over seasoned loonnnggg cooked sauce. I was worried that their red clam sauce would taste a bit like their marinara, thankfully it DOES NOT. That sauce is kinda awesome -- what they serve with the Calamari is kind of 'Eh' -- reminiscent of crap like Prego ..,

            2. "The Sauce" is a closely guarded secret even the employees don't know the complete recipe... only family.... A friend of mine who knows the them told me that it takes a whole day to prepare... I have tried to replicate it and have gotten some pretty good sauces but not as awesome as "The Sauce"

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              1. re: eddyde115

                thx for the report -- that sauce is almost always unbelieveable. one ingredient has gotta be crack!!

              2. it is great sauce. I am pretty sure there's a fair amount of oil in it, along with garlic, chili pepper flakes, and probably very good canned tomatoes.

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                1. re: pcsanwald

                  we just went a couple weeks ago. the sauce is as good as ever. we had some oysters and clams, scungilli mild sauce and softshell crab sandwich.

                  yes the sauce can be erratic over the past, but never bad or anything like that. it was on for our recent visit that is for sure. prices have really climbed up and up, which is a bummer. but we always enjoy ourselves here. service is always nice and i appreciate the same staff over the years.

                  1. re: mrnyc

                    I looked at the Randazzo website. They list the various sauces and ingredients. Acccording to site they sell at Shop Rite and Duane Reade. I don't live anywhere near Shop Rite but do have a nearby Duane Reade. I'll check to see if they have it.