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I love Pomodoro's red sauce! Can anywhere else compete?

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Say what you want about the service, the cash-only policy, even the other food at Pomodoro; the red sauce here is downright amazing. It's terrific on their calamari fritti, it's terrific spiced up for the fra diavolo, it's terrific eaten unaccompanied by the spoonful (or the bowlful). In my explorations of Italian restaurants around Boston, I have yet to find any other rendition that even comes close.

So my question is: can anyone else in greater Boston make the capital-R capital-S Red Sauce? High end, low end, near or far, it doesn't matter; I'd love to hear your favorites!

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  1. I posted this at kind of a weird time a week ago, but I wanted to revive it in hopes of tracking down some great red sauce...anyone have any ideas?

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    1. re: finlero

      I really love the red sauce at the Saraceno in the North End. It's pretty much the same as the sauce at the Bella Vista next door (husband-wife competitors, I believe). The Bella Vista is kinda lame, and the bread sucks, but the prices are pretty reasonable at lunch time. The Saraceno has kind of touristy decor, but the food is pretty decent, and the calamari dipped in that sauce is awesome. Light, tender, and gaaahlic.

      1. re: bear

        Bella Vista and Saraceno actually share the same kitchen, if memory serves. And yes, I agree that they do the basics very well here, including red-sauce anything.

        1. re: bachslunch

          Huh, I didn't realize that. Makes sense, though, because the sauce and the eggplant parm seem identical. Different bread, though.

    2. The spicy sauce served with the timpano at Grotto's Big Night Dinner is absolutely amazing. I don't know if it's on the regular menu, but I might put the opera gloves back on for just that sauce. Who am I kidding? I'd really be going back for the risotto. But anyway, that sauce is just delightful.

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      1. re: gini

        Gini, I believe that's the sauce that regularly comes with the spaghetti and meatballs. Hell, any part of the Big Night dinner is worth putting those opera gloves back on...

        And I agree with you, Finlero, Pomodoro's sauce is fantastic - but then, I'm a fan of the restaurant as a whole.

      2. While I can't offer you an alternative, I can at least share in your enthusiasm for Pomodoro's red sauce. I ate there 2 Fridays ago for the first time in quite a while, and was reminded just how much I love the food. The red sauce is just plain wonderful, and the fried calamari is the crispiest, most tender, most flavorful around (and we order fried calamari just about everywhere we go). The chicken carbonara and chicken marsala are also excellent.

        BK