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Great House-made Pasta Dishes

pollystyrene Jul 25, 2008 08:03 PM

The recent thread about Artu suggests avoiding the pasta dishes there. It got me wondering about fresh, house-made pasta dishes. Where and what are your favorites?

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    lycheefloat RE: pollystyrene Jul 26, 2008 12:29 PM

    The pasta "a la chitarra" at Dante is pretty good. They hand make the pasta on a machine that looks like guitar strings.

    I love the gnocci at Sel Del La Terre too. A lot of other gnocci that I have had since seem gummy by comparison.

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      pollystyrene RE: lycheefloat Jul 29, 2008 09:30 PM

      I agree about the great gnocchi at SDLT. Grotto is the other place I've had them that gets them right, but I've suffered through a bunch of gummy ones, too, and at some board favorites.

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      flyer1 RE: pollystyrene Jul 26, 2008 04:57 PM

      Tony Susi at Sage makes great fresh pasta, and gnocchi or anything else that Barbara Lynch makes at No. 9....

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        flyer1 RE: pollystyrene Jul 26, 2008 05:12 PM

        Fettuccine with Lobster, Asparagus and Truffle Butter or Gnocchi Bolognese @ Sage..

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          chuck s RE: pollystyrene Jul 27, 2008 05:37 AM

          Believe it or not, Athan's Cafe in Brighton makes their own pasta. I recently had their gnocchi in a pesto cream sauce. Heavenly!

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            conbon RE: chuck s Jul 30, 2008 09:23 AM

            Chuck- I didn't know they had pasta there! Do you know if they serve the home-made pasta at the Washington Square location as well?

          2. Prav RE: pollystyrene Jul 27, 2008 11:28 AM

            Though my stomach can't handle pasta any more, I did love the home made fusili at Vinny's at Night, which was discussed a few days ago. I also hear their mafalde is delicious too, also homemade.

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              franksnbeans RE: Prav Jul 30, 2008 10:24 AM

              Prav speaks the truth re: Vinny's @ Night. Might sound ridiculous that my favorite pasta in town is a simple side of fusilli w/red sauce, but it's really outstanding. Taste and texture are excellent.

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              Gabatta RE: pollystyrene Jul 27, 2008 01:49 PM

              Tagliatelle (Bolognese) at Via Matta.

              Anything at Basta Pasta in Cambridge.

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                SmokeDawg RE: Gabatta Jul 27, 2008 01:51 PM

                I've tried Basta Pasta twice now and both times the pasta was over-cooked mush and the sauces just so-so.

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                  Gabatta RE: SmokeDawg Jul 27, 2008 02:09 PM

                  Really...mush? Sorry to hear that. After two bad experiences, I wouldn't blame you for not going back.

                  I have eaten there over a dozen times and never experienced anything like that. Just goes to show, there is some variability (in both quality and what one likes) out there.

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                  AnjLM RE: Gabatta Jul 31, 2008 12:22 PM

                  I second the Tagliatelle Bolognese at Via Matta. Their other pasta dishes are delicious as well. I recently had a basil sunchoke ravioli with summer truffles that were amazing.

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                  phoebek RE: pollystyrene Jul 27, 2008 05:23 PM

                  I've enjoyed several pasta dishes at Gran Gusto--most recently the pasta with lobster and fra diavolo sauce. I've also had their eggplant lasagna, and another pasta dish with shrimp and radicchio, iirc. Now that I've re-read your topic heading, I must admit that I don't know if the pasta is house-made, but it's definitely fresh, and they don't overcook it.

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                    SSqwerty RE: pollystyrene Jul 28, 2008 06:40 PM

                    I had some kind of hand-rolled gnocci with blue cheese at Trattoria and it was to die for.

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                      greenstate RE: SSqwerty Jul 28, 2008 08:36 PM

                      The pasta with seafood in a white wine sauce at Monica's Trattoria is one of my favorites.

                    2. fmcoxe6188 RE: pollystyrene Jul 29, 2008 06:49 AM

                      Carlos in Allston has some pretty fantastic fresh pasta. Ive never been disappointed with a meal there. Im also a fan of Giacomos-though I dont think they make their own pasta.

                      1. BobB RE: pollystyrene Jul 29, 2008 07:36 AM

                        The pasta at La Morra is outstanding. I had a pappardelle with veal ragu there a few months ago that was some of the best pasta I've eaten outside Italy.

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                          winstont RE: pollystyrene Jul 29, 2008 07:56 AM

                          Stella's linguine, asparagus cream and truffle with a poached egg is by far my favorite home made pasta dish! Its honestly one of the only pasta dishes I actually crave- unfortunately my current monetary restraints have forced me to cut down my eating out habits, but I couldn't give this dish up I have tried recreate the dish at home (several attempts with little success)

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                            pollystyrene RE: pollystyrene Jul 29, 2008 09:44 PM

                            Thanks for all the good recs so far. I can't believe there's only one in the North End (Monica's)! Can it be that there are no other moderately-priced NE joints making their own pasta?

                            I love good gnocchi, but I never considered it to be pasta. Is it?

                            I'm especially looking forward to trying Vinny's at Night and Dante. I'd slid Sage down my list when I heard about their strict "no substitutions" policy. Being a vegetarian with a nut allergy, I'd really have to luck into the right night. And I think it was MC Slim who mentioned in another post that Da Vinci has very good house-made pasta. There hasn't been a whole lot of talk about this place. Has anyone been recently? Still good pasta?

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                              treb RE: pollystyrene Jul 30, 2008 11:22 AM

                              You'll like Vinny's, the hand made pasta has a great texture and really holds the sauce. Another good place is Angelo's in Stoneham on rte 28.

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                                pollystyrene RE: treb Jul 30, 2008 09:01 PM

                                Thanks for the Angelo's tip. I didn't know about this place, and I've got two friends who live next door in Wakefield. They'll know about it soon enough, too.

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                                  pollystyrene RE: treb Jul 30, 2008 09:08 PM

                                  Yum. Hooray for another one in the North End. I like that you can get any of their pasta dishes with homemade pasta for $2.50 extra. And the prices all-around look reasonable there. That vodka sauce sounds good, too.

                                  EDIT: meant as reply to soxchik.

                              2. soxchik RE: pollystyrene Jul 30, 2008 05:18 AM

                                I really love the pasta primavera on homemade pasta at Al Dente in the North End.

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