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Johns of 12th Street - Have Parpadelle?

wingman Dec 14, 2006 04:29 PM

I have a mission to find a great red sauce place that serves parpadelle and has good bread (the gf's challenge to me). The first place that came to mind was Johns - been on my radar for a while but haven't had the chance to go to it. I checked out the menu on menupages and it just lists the sauces they have for the pastas, not the actual types of pasta. Do they serve parpadelle and how's the bread?

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    harrison Dec 14, 2006 04:48 PM

    I've always loved this place. Great old school place. I'd say 4 out of the last 5 times I've been they've had a special - papardelle w/ slow cooked meat ragu which i usually get. It's really fantastic. I don't remember if papardelle is a regular pasta choice - you'll have to call.

    bread is very good - garlic bread is better - and the spedina is the best.

    Just beware it's cash only (or they'll take a check).


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      foodie7 Dec 14, 2006 09:25 PM

      John's is just not good. Period. You'd do better at Olive Garden. When was the last time you were there?

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      1. re: foodie7
        wingman Dec 15, 2006 02:46 AM

        Foodie, most comments on this board seem to rave about Johns - why do you compare it to the never ending salad?

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        djsun Dec 14, 2006 09:26 PM

        Go to Da Andrea, great homemade Parp..IMO the best reasonable pasta in NYC

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          bobby06877 Dec 14, 2006 10:12 PM

          I agree about Da Andrea. They have a great papardelle, both on the menu and usually one additional as a special. Also, abandon the bread idea and order their tigelle, flat buns served warm from the oven with prosciutto and parmesan cheese. It has a nice atmosphere, wine list and the service is very good.

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          foodie7 Dec 15, 2006 12:53 PM

          Da Andrea is my favorite Italian in the price range. Fabulous food, great price. Johns sauce is bad, pasta is not freshly made, wine list is poor, bread is stale store bought.

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