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Seeking authentic ragu Bolognese

BobB Oct 23, 2006 03:53 PM

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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    emilief RE: BobB Oct 23, 2006 04:14 PM

    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.

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      twentyoystahs RE: BobB Oct 23, 2006 04:26 PM

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

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        Taralli RE: twentyoystahs Oct 23, 2006 05:53 PM

        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

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          tatamagouche RE: twentyoystahs Oct 23, 2006 07:39 PM

          I'm with you on Teatro's.

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            Wursthof RE: twentyoystahs Oct 23, 2006 07:42 PM

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

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            BJK RE: BobB Oct 23, 2006 04:44 PM

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


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              Gabatta RE: BobB Oct 23, 2006 05:14 PM

              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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                Wineack RE: Gabatta Oct 25, 2006 01:05 AM

                I have also enjoyed the Via Matta Bolognese.

              2. heathermb RE: BobB Oct 23, 2006 05:49 PM

                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!

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                  tamerlanenj RE: BobB Oct 23, 2006 05:51 PM

                  Good bolognese should have veal and pork along with the beef. Actually, my favorite is when it is cooked with pork and veal "on the bone," often pigs feat, ribs, chops, etc., and the meat falls off as the sauce cooks. Then you take out the bones and serve in a bowl for gnawing and marrow-sucking! yum!

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                    itaunas RE: tamerlanenj Oct 23, 2006 11:23 PM

                    Il Capriccio definately uses veal and was excellent the one time I had it, but its been a while.

                  2. BobB RE: BobB Oct 23, 2006 07:01 PM

                    Good tips, thanks! Now let me refine the question a notch: do any of these places make a lasagna with it?

                    1. Trixie Too RE: BobB Oct 23, 2006 07:15 PM

                      Prezza has a fabulous authentic bolognese. If you're in the 'burbs, La Stanza Diva also has a great one. We jokingly call it "brown bolognese," not to be confused with the ubiquitous red meat sauce served in WAY too many places.

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                        takeoutgirl RE: BobB Oct 23, 2006 08:31 PM

                        I second previous posters suggestions of Teatro and Stella. As an aside, The Hill Tavern on Cambridge Street makes a very tasty and respectable version. Go figure.

                        1. MC Slim JB RE: BobB Oct 23, 2006 09:15 PM

                          No. 9's is pretty terrific. You can also buy it retail, frozen, at The Butcher Shop.

                          Other versions I like: Trattoria Toscana, Bricco, Lucca. Haven't liked the version at Stella recently as much as we used to.

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                            tamerlanenj RE: BobB Oct 23, 2006 09:15 PM

                            I've heard good things about Armani Cafe's bolognese.

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                              coookie RE: tamerlanenj Oct 23, 2006 10:27 PM

                              it's not bad, actually. perhaps a bit too salty.

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