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nn9288 Aug 27, 2007 10:12 AM

Is there a good place that sells fresh pasta in Queens? I have heard fresh pasta tastes much better than the boxed stuff, would like to try it. Thanks.

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    adesso RE: nn9288 Aug 27, 2007 11:14 AM

    Fresh pasta is a world apart from dried (I won't even make dried pasta).

    When Trader Joe's opens, they have good fresh pasta pretty cheap.

    I don't know of any Italian groceries that have homemeade pasta.

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      Fleur RE: adesso May 29, 2009 01:39 AM

      Fresh Pasta is wonderful for certain dishes, dried Pasta for others.

      Fresh Pasta is a softer, richer dough, that is used in the North of Italy. In the South, dried Pasta is used to stand up to the bold, spicy, highly flavored sauces.

      Fresh Pasta of excellent quality is not easy to find. Trader Joe is an industrial, cheaply made product.

      It is fairly easy to make your own once you get the hang of it, and nothing really compares. The commercial fresh Pasta is just never thin enough!

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        bklynbiker RE: adesso Jun 4, 2009 02:53 PM

        It is indeed a world apart. I, for one, won't even make 'fresh pasta'. So really it's terribly subjective, and more a matter of personal preferences. See "Fleur"'s comment for how it also depends on the dish, with which I concur...

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        adido RE: nn9288 Aug 27, 2007 11:35 AM

        There may still be a Pastosa in Queens somewhere. Our family used to go to one 20 years ago and remember seeing the pasta extruder in the front window. (Don't ask me where I was, I can't find my way around Queens to this day.)

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          Rosetta RE: adido Aug 27, 2007 06:54 PM

          PASTOSA RAVIOLI - 13210 Crossbay Boulevard

          Nice selection of fresh pasta and fresh sauce.

        2. Harlan RE: nn9288 Aug 27, 2007 12:17 PM

          You bet! In Astoria, Cassinelli's sells fresh ravioli, linguine, etc. They're open Tuesday-Saturday. You can also (for a markup) get their ravioli at the bodega across the street. Here's a writeup for an award they won: http://nymag.com/urban/guides/bestofn...

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          Cassinelli Pasta
          31-12 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105

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            meb903 RE: Harlan Aug 27, 2007 04:07 PM

            definitely second Cassinelli - i work right down 23rd ave and have been having their fresh pasta for many many years. they have the best fettucini anywhere. their raviolis are delicious and they have some interesting shapes that you usually don't find with fresh pasta. and yes, fresh pasta for some things is better than out of the box - for other things, out of the box is great.

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              irishnyc RE: Harlan Aug 27, 2007 06:40 PM

              Cassinelli's is excellent. I grew up on it.

              Also in Queens is Durso's
              http://www.dursos.com/

              There's another Italian place on Francis Lewis near 35 Ave, but the name escapes me now.

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                rosie17 RE: irishnyc Aug 28, 2007 12:46 PM

                second Durso's - also excellent for assorted Italian meats, gift baskets people might actually eat from, etc. the Italian place on FL and 35th is M&S, I believe.

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                  chefjellynow RE: irishnyc Apr 15, 2009 05:56 AM

                  Durso's A+++

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                  NYChristopher RE: Harlan Apr 13, 2009 11:05 PM

                  Boy, seems like everyone is on the Cassinelli train. I'll have to give it a shot.

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                    Stuartmc910 RE: NYChristopher Apr 14, 2009 08:07 AM

                    Is Cassinellis ever open? I pass by it every day at 6 PM and have never seen it open except one week before Christmas.

                    There is a place on 31st Street, south side, just west of Ditmas Blvd. Can't think of the name, but thye ahve excellent fresh pasta and other Itallian specialties.

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                      Harlan RE: Stuartmc910 Apr 22, 2009 01:42 PM

                      They close very early, yes. 5pm, I think. I seem to recall that they're open Saturdays until 5pm, but closed on Sundays.

                      Are you thinking of Rosario's under the Ditmars stop? (Your directions are wacky. 31st Street goes North-South, not East-West.) I've only ever gotten dry pasta there. What do they carry fresh? (They have really great dry Delverde-brand oriecchiette there with a great irregular shape and toothy texture!)

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                        Joe MacBu RE: Harlan Apr 22, 2009 08:40 PM

                        31st St actually goes NE-SW around there.
                        Rosario's is on the SE side of 31st St, just SW of the Ditmars stop.
                        So you're both probably thinking of the same place.

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                          Stuartmc910 RE: Joe MacBu Apr 23, 2009 06:13 AM

                          I still haven't seen Cassinellis open! Left work early last week just to see and at 2PM the gate was down. I bought some pasta accross the street. Small selection there, however. The owner (?) said they only sell him a limited selection. Ok, Rosario's. Haven't been there in a while but I'm sure we purchased fresh pasta there.

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                            Joe MacBu RE: Stuartmc910 Apr 23, 2009 11:00 AM

                            They're supposedly open Tuesday-Saturday 7:30am to 3:30pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

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                              Stuartmc910 RE: Joe MacBu Apr 23, 2009 12:54 PM

                              I'll try on a Saturday.

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                              megc RE: Stuartmc910 Jun 2, 2009 12:10 PM

                              From what I have seen, Rosario's sells Cassinelli pasta!

                              There is a bodega across the street from Cassinelli and they say they sell Cassinelli pasta there, no doubt the frozen specialities.

                  2. Joe MacBu RE: nn9288 May 28, 2009 10:43 PM

                    There's a little known pasta plant in Woodside called Piemonte (which has been around since 1920!). They have a retail store in Manhattan, however, I have purchased fresh pasta and frozen ravioli from their plant. They mostly deal with restaurants, but are nice enough to deal with pestering locals. Ring the doorbell and ask nicely.

                    Fresh pasta goes for $3/lb. Most raviolis are around $7 for a box of 50. Lobster ravioli (!) are $10.

                    Plant
                    34-26 65th St, Woodside
                    718.429.1972
                    M-F 7:30am to 3pm

                    Store
                    190 Grand St, Manhattan
                    212.226.0475
                    http://piemonteravioli.com/

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                      Joe MacBu RE: Joe MacBu Jun 1, 2009 11:18 AM

                      I was wrong about the ravioli prices. Most flavors are around $4; the lobster is $7. I had some last weekend and they' were delicious.

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                        ammel_99 RE: Joe MacBu Jul 20, 2009 07:29 AM

                        I always wondered if the plant would sell to retailers. I am going to have to go and pick up some lobster and porcini raviolis!

                    2. Joe MacBu RE: nn9288 Aug 7, 2009 05:19 PM

                      Leo's Ravioli is part of the cluster of shops adjacent to Leo's Latticini (aka Mama's) in Corona. Leo is very friendly and the pastas I've tried have been very good. The pasta store is at 46-04 104th St.

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                      Leo's Latticini
                      46-02 104th St, Queens, NY 11368

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