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Aug 27, 2007 10:12 AM

Fresh Pasta

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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  1. 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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    1. re: adesso

      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!

      1. re: adesso

        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...

      2. 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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        1. re: adido

          PASTOSA RAVIOLI - 13210 Crossbay Boulevard

          Nice selection of fresh pasta and fresh sauce.

        2. 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:

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

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          1. re: Harlan

            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.

            1. re: Harlan

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

              Also in Queens is Durso's

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

              1. re: irishnyc

                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.

                1. re: Harlan

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

                  1. re: NYChristopher

                    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.

                    1. re: Stuartmc910

                      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!)

                      1. re: Harlan

                        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.

                        1. re: Joe MacBu

                          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.

                          1. re: Stuartmc910

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

                            1. re: Stuartmc910

                              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. 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.

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

                    190 Grand St, Manhattan

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                    1. re: Joe MacBu

                      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.

                      1. re: Joe MacBu

                        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. 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.

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