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Oct 23, 2006 03:53 PM

Seeking authentic ragu Bolognese

Not the near-ubiquitous ground beef in red sauce touted as "Bolognese," (which at its best can be quite good), but the real Italian-style stuff that takes many hours to prepare and includes finely chopped onions, celery, and carrots, only a bit of tomato, nutmeg, and multiple liquids (wine, milk, stock) added one at a time and simmered slowly into a reduction. I make it myself when I have a spare day, but would love to find a restaurant that serves it for when I just don't have the time (which is usually).


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  1. Figs in Wellesley used to have a very good bolognese "old world" so-called. They are closed but the other Figs in Charlestown or Beacon Hill may have it. I make my own and am very fussy - this is the closest I have tasted to my own.

    1. Teatro has it, and it's excellent.
      I think Trattoria Toscana has it too.
      Both worth a try.

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      1. re: twentyoystahs

        TT was my 1st thought too. Had it when they 1st opened & it was a huge, savory, meaty, comforting serving. In fact, there was so much hearty sauce, that I ended up eating all of it & not too much of the underlying pasta. I do not see it listed on menupages, so you might want to call ahead to make sure it's on the menu. 617) 247-9508

          1. re: twentyoystahs

            The Bolognese at Teatro is ground meat, grainy and not correct. Not to mention the undercooked half rigatoni they serve it with.

          2. I recall really enjoying the Bolognese at Maurizzio's, though it's been a few years.


            1. I don't know if it is exactly to your recipe, but I think the bolognese at Via Matta is tough to beat. I order it almost every time I go there.

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              1. re: Gabatta

                I have also enjoyed the Via Matta Bolognese.

              2. My favorites for bolognese in Boston are Davio's and Stella. Stella is the better of the two.

                I also had it recently at No. 9 Park and enjoyed it thoroughly.

                Does anyone know if Grotto offers it? If so I would expect it to be delicious!