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May 14, 2008 12:12 PM

I need of Pasta Carbonara.

I recently returned from a trip to Italy, where I had some of the best food of my life. After you have fresh pasta, you can't go back. It inspired me to try and make my own...very soon. If you are a foodie, Italy is a must visit. Now I'm jonesin' for some good Carbonara. Any recommendations?

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  1. Enoteca Drago. Best I've had in L.A.

    Enoteca Drago
    410 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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    1. re: New Trial

      I second Enoteca Drago for carbonara. Really excellent.

      1. re: BHAppeal

        Third that one. Closest to Italy that I've tried. Carbonara isn't generally made with fresh pasta though, and it's actually pretty easy to make a version better than most restaurants in LA (just requires the top ingredients).

        1. re: notmartha

          Good point re the dry pasta -- there seems to be a common misconception that dry pasta is somehow inferior or inauthentic. Quite the opposite is true.

          1. re: a_and_w

            Yes, depends on the dish/sauce. I had a fresh pasta carbonara at Craft's and it just doesn't do the trick as the ultra al dente dried pasta. On the other hand boar ragu is great with fresh pappardelle.

    2. I adore the version on Lucques' bar menu

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      1. re: hrhboo

        Very authentic carbonara at Cafe Bella Roma SPQR

        Cafe Bella Roma
        1513 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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        1. Farfalla on Hillhurst does not have it on their menu, but usually will make it and does a very fine job too.

          1. La Buca on Melrose, hands down the best...