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Best homemade pasta sauce for sale in New York?

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I live in the East Village, and have bought sauce from Russo's (on 11th st b/w 1st and 2nd, next to Veniero's), several times, and it is very good, but at times is inconsistent. Was wondering if anyone knew of a better place to get sauce (marinara, meat, pesto), as well where to find fresh pastas and ravioli.

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  1. DiPalo's on the corner Grand Street and Mott has a large variety of fresh ravioli and some sauces. Next door to DiPalo's is Piemonte, which also has a large selection of homemade ravioli. They also have a very good marinara sauce. You can get fresh pasta at Raffetto's on West Houston near Sullivan Street.

    1. Buon Italia in Chelsea Market makes fresh sauce.

      1. DiPalo's is absolutely your best bet. Amazing marinara sauce, pesto sauce, vodka sauce. They also have a huge selection of homemade pastas and ravioli (from lobster to pumpkin). You won't ever want to buy this stuff anywhere else (not to mention their amazing meats and cheeses).

        1. Someone please define "homemade" for me.

          1. The best "commercially bottled" sauce I have found is Cento San Marzano Marinara. It is available in most supermarkets and I stock up when it is $2.99 (28 oz). It is an excellent product.

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            1. re: TonyO

              Big ditto. I've been getting Cento San Marzano sauces at Fairway, and loving it - particularly their Vodka and Marinara. There's also a "Petit Dice" (not sure of the spelling), which is simply diced San Marzano tomatoes and makes a great base for a homemade sauce.

            2. Yeah, the marinara is great. I sometimes saute some fresh garlic, crushed red chili flakes, and sherry before adding the Cento. It results in a truly excellent Fra Diavlo. It's all about the tomatoes. You can see the flavor in the color. How much is it at Fairway (just curious, I live in Vermont but have visited that great store). $2.99 is what our local supermarket charges when it is on sale (usually close to $6.00). I buy it all !

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              1. re: TonyO

                Fairway doesn't have sales as such; the regular price is $3.99. BTW, if you like peppery sauces, Cento also makes a good Arrabiata.

                1. re: Striver

                  Good rec. I made a pizza with the Arrabiata (with hot sausage and pepperoni). Excellent !

              2. I love Raffetto's for their pastas and sauces. I also the love the place itself -- they are so friendly and love to talk about and help with their products.

                1. Raffetto's Sauces and Raviolis are fresh and yummy.

                  1. My grandfather had an Italian sauce in the 40s through the 60s he sold as PETE'S.It is great on: Spaghetti, Scungillis, any kind of Fish and Omlets and MORE.I just foud the recipe and would love people to try it.It is realy different, My kids love it on everything ( did I mention hot dogs ). If you would like to try it, I will send you A free sample.Please e-mail me and let me know.

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                    LOU