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best pasta in nyc?

pieman Dec 16, 2006 07:46 PM

who's got it and why?

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    billyeats Dec 16, 2006 10:21 PM

    Not sure I could ever say best pasta, I've obsessed over some at Cacio e Pepe, Malatesta, and Frank, but here's my latest favorite:

    Il Corallo Trattoria in SoHo (Prince & Thompson):

    "Taglierini capri"

    fresh thin noodles with calamari, finocchio, fresh green peas, shrimp, italian parsley, colored peppers, garlic and white wine

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      Aloo0628 Dec 17, 2006 03:21 AM

      Il Corallo Trattoria is wonderful!! My SO and I happened upon it on our last trip to NYC (I scoured menupages in search of highly rated fresh pasta), and we were not disappointed. We don't remember what he had, but he remembers liking it very much. I had the spinach fettucine w/ chicken, sundried tomatoes, and mushrooms in a cream sauce. DELISH, mainly because of the perfectly cooked pasta, although everything in it was yummy (although they went a bit overboard w/ the tomatoes). Even when I ate it cold for breakfast the next day, it was firm and super tasty!

      1. re: Aloo0628
        Nehna Dec 17, 2006 04:04 PM

        Hmm maybe its better if you eat in. We used to order out from there all the time at work and I never found any of it to be exceptional. And VERY greasy dishes.

        Certainly cant believe that dining 'in' is that much of an improvement that it would rank up near the top.

        Personally I would put on the top list Babbo, Lupa, Bellavitae, Cru.

        1. re: Nehna
          Aloo0628 Dec 17, 2006 09:38 PM

          well, i will say that it's probably a hit or miss sort of a place. i went with a friend once, and he got the tortellini w/ basil pesto, but the pesto was actually a pesto cream sauce, which he wasn't a fan of. he didn't really like his dish...i didn't taste it, so i can't vouch for it either way.

          also, for the sake of full disclosure, i haven't eaten nearly enough pasta in nyc to have a justifiable 'best of' list. i was just saying that i too have enjoyed il corallo's pasta in the past :-)

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      darkeraven Dec 16, 2006 10:23 PM

      Valdino West on Hudson has some very good pasta.

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        socal boy Dec 17, 2006 03:15 AM

        Babbo pasta tasting menu- everything is simple and tasty.

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          Angelina Dec 17, 2006 03:22 PM

          Babbo I agree with 100%

          Also, Lupa has amazing pasta dishes. I think I may have tried everyone on the menu and always have enjoyed them.

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            ceeceee Jan 4, 2007 08:06 PM

            love the babbo pasta tasting menu! and yes, lupa is fantastic. the cauliflower pasta dish (forget the exact name) was sooooo good! haven't seen it on the menu lately.
            also....CRISPO's carbonara.

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          rfelicello Dec 17, 2006 04:00 PM

          Beppe also has very good pasta. I had the wild boar with chocolate papparadelle a couple of weeks ago and it was out of this world. The chocolate pasta was not sweet at all; there was just a nice hint of chocolate bitterness that went very well with the tender wild boar meat.

          1. seal Dec 17, 2006 10:54 PM

            Anyone ever have the pasta with caviar and carbonara at Le Bernardin? Has to at least rank up there ;o)

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              tsb2001 Dec 17, 2006 11:03 PM

              Not the best, but always excellent: Gennaro. The rigatoni with eggplant is sublime.

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                fornaio Dec 18, 2006 12:30 AM

                Bianca-- again, not the best, but pretty amazing.

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                  NAtiveNewYorker Dec 18, 2006 02:07 AM

                  Great place. Perfect lasagne.

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                  markabauman Dec 18, 2006 12:36 AM

                  How about L'Impero?

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                    jenniebnyc Dec 18, 2006 01:08 AM

                    the spaghetti with tomato and basil...so simple, but soo good.
                    also the agnolotti mmmmmmmm'

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                      NAtiveNewYorker Dec 18, 2006 02:07 AM

                      And the polenta!

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                    Silverlaker Dec 18, 2006 02:35 AM

                    Since Lupa was mentioned, I'm a pasta fanatic and going there in a week (also an out-of-towner here), what's a not miss pasta dish?

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                      Desidero Dec 18, 2006 03:47 PM

                      The orrichiete with sausage special (which I understand is on the menu quite frequently) is a revelation. It is without question the best dish of pasta I had in NYC in 2006.

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                      RCC Dec 18, 2006 02:49 AM

                      Any that's on special.

                      The last 2 times, I've had a good ravioli and a terrific orrochiette. I won't hesitate to order the orrochiette if it's available the next time I'm there.

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                        bobby06877 Dec 18, 2006 03:18 PM

                        I love the selection and quality at Crispo. Can't go wrong with Bianca or Da Andrea either.

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                          akulaji Jan 4, 2007 08:17 PM

                          I adore the papardelle with sausage ragout and truffle oil at Da Andrea!

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                          pieman Dec 18, 2006 05:10 PM

                          thanks all well done

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                            Farfalle Dec 18, 2006 11:23 PM

                            I think that I Trulli has the best pasta in manhattan, with Babbo being very good as well. The owner of I Trulli has his mother come in and roll the pasta every day. The non-pasta main dishes are not nearly as good however, so if you do go to I Trulli, just make sure that you are in the mood for pasta. The appetizers are pretty darn good also.

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                              namreb Dec 18, 2006 11:46 PM

                              i heard the dumplings are awesome at i trulli

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