interesting question , Adkim......my vote is no . I , as someone who occasionally cooks pasta , have never understood the "al dente" thing . Have never met anyone that truly enjoys undercooked pasta . I think the Italians , with the phrase "al dente" are just reminding everyone not to cook their pasta into mush , and maybe we have misinterpreted that to mean that you should slighly undercook it , which IMHO you should not . You can undercook it when you take it out of the water , but it must finish cooking in the sauce . Like I said , who truly likes undercooked pasta ??
I have the same problem. Everything just tasted better in Italy. My wife and I went for our honeymoon to Rome & Florence and we still talk about the food. The noodles were all fresh and a bit al dente. We loved it that way!
Phil Civellos Raviolissimo on Bryan I believe has fresh raviolis. I am not so sure about other noodles but I bet you could ask.
Also Holy Ravoli on Lovers just about a block east of the Tollway does have a small selection.