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Aug 8, 2006 08:15 PM

tomato sauce - is it a crime?

Is it a crime to love pasta in tomato sauce? I love a good, fresh, light tomato sauce. Please tell me where you find the best pasta (cooked al dante please) in a fresh tasting tomato sauce.

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  1. i love the goat cheese angel hair at Cafe nervosa. It is light and fresh, but it does have sun dried tomatoes. nummy.

    1. No. I always go for homemade sauce (from friend's pantry) and not as fussy on pasta.

      1. How could it be a crime? Fresh or even good canned tomatoes, olive oil, garlic poached as it cooks down, pepper . . . perfection.

        1. I like Terroni for a simple pasta w/tomato sauce. The quality is superb, probably because they make their own pasta and have canned tomatoes imported especially for them.

          However, I find the price/quantity ratio too high. I like a lot of pasta for my buck!

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          1. re: bogie

            I thought of Terroni as soon as I read this post, too. My best experience was with the Gnocchi Alla Simi. It was such a simple, fresh, and fantastically tasty pasta sauce that I remember it clearly 3 months later. I rarely order pasta at restaurants because it's so often mediocre, but this was definitely an exception.

            And I have to say I personally think the Terroni pasta portions are about right, and are actually generous for an Italian restaurant. To me, it's nice to be able to enjoy some antipasto and bread beforehand and a dessert and coffee afterwards without feeling like you've been stuffed silly by nothing but a giant bucket of noodles a la East Side Mario's.

            1. re: bogie

              Bravo for Terroni! There tomato sauce pastas have always been excellent when sampled at the Victoria St. location... but then again I normally have a pizza with spicy sausage and mushrooms, which also have a bit of tomato goodness.

              No wonder they are always busy.

            2. I love Terroni's Amatriciana pasta, but the ~best~ I've had is Gio's cousin Rosa's recipe for tomato sauce that they make at 7 Numbers and Gio Rana's Really Really Nice Restaurant. Sunday we went to Gio's and I had the penne with basil and tomato sauce -- beautiful.

              I'd sell my mother to get that recipe.

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              1. re: TwinklyTerrapin

                I agree with you about 7 numbers and miss it terribly. I live right near there and was a regular. I guess I should make the trek down town to the Really Really nice restaurant. Thanks for reminding me!

                1. re: kasey j miller

                  I've had really good tomato sauce (which I find is rare) at Spuntini on Avenue Rd at Davenport.