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May 2, 2008 11:05 AM

best pasta in scottsdale/phoenix area

let me qualify: i'm not looking for spaghetti factory or oreganos...

we're looking for the best serious pasta dishes.. a real italian ragu, homemade pasta, amazing gnocci, etc. We like avanti a lot, but it did seem curious there was no place in scottsdale.... ideas?

price is no object in our quest...

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  1. Marcellino would be my first choice in the pasta department

    Marcellino Ristorante
    7114 E. Stetson Dr. 85251, Old Town Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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    1. re: silverbear

      HOW did i forget? You're absolutely right. done.

      1. re: hzp

        AMAZING meal ..... we honestly had the hardest time choosing between the pasta specials. we settled on a lamb ragu with saffron papardelle, and a squid ink linguine with lobster, mussels, squid and clams in tomato sauce. both were INSANELY good...

        1. re: silverbear

          absolutely Marcellino all home made by the owner from Abruzzio, higher preice then the pasta garbage restaurants

          1. re: silverbear

            The gnocci at the TPC are like feathers

          2. i really loved the lamb pasta dish at digestif - fantastic

            i am enamored with the butternut squash ravioli at la fontanella - pix available on seth's blog.

            and hohokam told me about a new place - second time this week ive had the ravioli with pink sauce from pizza a metro. tiny spot in a dingy strip mall on thomas and 23rd ave turning out really good handmade pasta. for like 8 bucks *i'll leave the full review to hohokam ;)*

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            1. re: winedubar

              It will be a while 'til I get around to writing anything about the pasta at Pizza a Metro. I've only had the spaghetti, which I think they might buy pre-made, and I won't have a chance to eat there again before next weekend.

              One relevant comment I can make at this point is that Pizza a Metro's "Bolognese" sauce seemed to be more like a marinara with a lot of ground meat in it as opposed to a hearty "authentic" slow-cooked ragù alla bolognese. It wasn't bad, but it's not something that I would necessarily make a special trip for.

              I definitely agree about the garganelli with lamb ragu at Digestif--hands down, best pasta dish I've had in the Phx metro area.

              1. re: hohokam

                To add on about Pizza a Metro - the gnocchi there is stellar! We went last night, and I woke up this morning dreaming of it. What a way to start a Saturday morning!

                I am posting a more detailed review separately, but wanted to mention the gnocchi here on this pasta thread. I had intended to try the ravioli that winedubar mentioned, but was just too full after the pizza to attempt it. We instead shared the plate of gnocchi, and it was really wonderful. I hope to get back there this week to try the ravioli.

                While I'm at it, I also want to mention the homemade ravioli at Tutti Santi by Nina. Our favorite location is in Mesa at Dobson & Guadalupe (I've had the ravioli one of the Scottsdale locations, and it wasn't quite the same). The pasta they use for their ravioli is the thinnest, most delicate pasta I've ever seen. They are stuffed plump with ricotta and spinach and finished with a cream sauce drizzled with marinara - a perfect combination. They are so light, they taste as if they've floated down from heaven! Or that's how I tell the story.

                1. re: hohokam

                  I've seen a couple of your posts, you seem to be looking for fresh pasta to buy - or maybe you've found it already? I'm new to the Phoenix area and am looking for the same thing - easier than making my own! So far it seems like the Italian grocers are the best bet - deFalco and Andreolli are the closest to me. Have you found a good source? thanks

                  1. re: mesafoodie

                    I haven't been very diligent with my searching, as the cause has seemed so futile.

                    I did ask about fresh pasta at Niccoli's Deli (16th St & Bethany Home-ish) a couple of weeks ago, and I was told that they do sell it, but only on weekends. From what I could gather, they don't have a set selection of noodle types, so I guess it's a bit of a crap shoot.

                    Niccoli's Deli & Pizza
                    6102 N 16th St Ste 9, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                    1. re: hohokam

                      I called both deFalco's and Andreolli's, and both said they sell fresh pasta. Andreolli's went to far as to check specifically what they have available today, which was pappardelle, orrechiette, and two others that I can't remember. They sell daily. Something to check out.............

                      1. re: mesafoodie

                        Thanks for investigating. I should have known Andreoli would have it.

                        I'll make sure to try some next time I'm over that way.

                        Thanks again.

                        Andreoli Italian Grocer
                        8880 E Via, Linda Scottsdale, AZ

                        1. re: mesafoodie

                          There is a new place that recently opened on 40th St / Thomas, in the former location of Bertha's Cafe. I will paste the text of an email I received recently about it. I have not yet been.


                          PASTA and SUGO
                          2916 N 40th Street (at Thomas Road)
                          Phoenix, AZ 85018
                          602 – 977 -2782
                          OPEN FOR LUNCH MONDAY-FRIDAY 11am to 3pm

                          MENU & PRICE LIST

                          EAT IN OR TAKE OUT

                          RAVIOLI & SUGO $9.50
                          (MEAT OR CHEESE FILLING)
                          GNOCCHI & SUGO $8.25
                          (POTATO GNOCCHI)
                          PASTA & SUGO $7.25
                          (PENNE, FUSILLI AND MORE)

                          TAKE HOME
                          (Fresh Frozen Ravioli & Gnocchi, Fresh Dried Pasta, Home Made Sauces)

                          RAVIOLI $12.00
                          24 pcs (Meat or Cheese Filling)
                          GNOCCHI $8.00
                          12 oz (Potato Gnocchi)
                          PASTA $6.00
                          12 oz (Penne, Fusilli, and More)
                          SUGO $4.00
                          8 oz (Ragu (meat sauce), Tomato)

                          1. re: azhotdish

                            Ah. I've driven by there many times since the sign went up, but I couldn't tell if they were open yet.

                            Thanks for the heads-up.

                  2. re: winedubar

                    My first thought was also Digestif. The linguine with clams is excellent, and the gnocchi with duck confit and foie butter is diviiiiine. Makes me wanna save one last delicious pillow to curl up and take a nap with afterward. Last time we were there, my boyfriend had the toasted gnocchi with snap peas and beef cheeks, which was delicious, just not your "traditional" boiled dumpling.

                  3. Very good spagetti at Radio Milano

                    1. Vincitorio's.

                      SW corner of McClintock and Elliot.

                      Fresh, fresh, FRESH pasta. So fresh you might not like it, it's almost dumpling-like.

                      Head-turning selection of Italian wines. Always crowded with the neighborhood crowd.

                      1. I am hooked on the pasta at Amarone, 91st and Via Linda.