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...
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 ;)*
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.
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.
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
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
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.............
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
(CHOICE OF FRESH PASTA AND HOME MADE SAUCES, SERVED WITH FRESH BAKED BISCUIT)
RAVIOLI & SUGO $9.50
(MEAT OR CHEESE FILLING)
GNOCCHI & SUGO $8.25
PASTA & SUGO $7.25
(PENNE, FUSILLI AND MORE)
(Fresh Frozen Ravioli & Gnocchi, Fresh Dried Pasta, Home Made Sauces)
24 pcs (Meat or Cheese Filling)
12 oz (Potato Gnocchi)
12 oz (Penne, Fusilli, and More)
8 oz (Ragu (meat sauce), Tomato)
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.