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Looking for good but not pricey pasta

avp10003 Aug 2, 2008 08:01 AM

Have a craving for some good, yummy but cheap pasta today.
Prefereably someplace below 23rd Street.
Any suggestions?

  1. Hanachan Aug 7, 2008 07:58 AM

    I second Via Emilia and Basta Pasta. Via Emilia is cash-only FYI.

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      delikado Aug 6, 2008 09:26 AM

      The carbonara at Crispo... Oh. My. Lord.


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        cubeoccupant Aug 5, 2008 08:57 AM

        Basta Pasta on 17th btwn 5th and 6th Ave - may not necessarily be a traditional Italian, but their pasta is good and the price is in the teens.

        I recommend the Spaghetti with parmesan reggiano cheese & Parma prosciutto where they finish the boiled pasta in a wheel of parmesan cheese right by your table.

        if you are bit more adventurous, Linguine with sea urchin & basil in pink sauce is my favorite.

        1. noot Aug 5, 2008 08:16 AM

          Lamarca on 22nd and 3rd. All entrees are $15 or $16 and they use fresh, home-made pasta and cheese (from the pasta/cheese shop they run next door). I believe they are only open during the week, not weekends.

          1. PlomeekSoup Aug 5, 2008 07:51 AM

            Tanti Baci.


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              Dizzyginger Aug 5, 2008 07:37 AM

              I second Cacio e Pepe. The pasta is delicious...especially the Tonnarelli Cacio E Pepe, tossed with Romano cheese at tableside in a cheese bowl

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                RussianGirl Aug 4, 2008 09:35 AM

                Second some of those already mentioned - Via Emilia, Malatesta, Da Andrea, and def. Il Corallo Trattoria. Also, Piadina.

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                  craig_g Aug 4, 2008 08:19 AM


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                    City Kid Aug 2, 2008 11:01 AM

                    Caffe Emilia (Yes, Cafe with 2 "fs,") on Second Ave. near 9th St. was really good the one night I was there... I am still dreaming about the lasagna my neigbor was eating, and I'm planning to go back for it. I had the scrambled eggs with mozzarella and grape tomatoes on grilled bread, yummy! A cute East Village hole in the wall, as authentic as it gets outside of Italy for the typical, owner-run place to get a nice bite.

                    Here's a link to the menu, I think the pastas were specials the night I went, but very cheap. Good food & friendly service.

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                    1. re: City Kid
                      kobetobiko Aug 2, 2008 12:00 PM

                      Oh City Kid,

                      I love that place for sandwiches and grilled bread. I have never tried their pasta though (Not usually there at night). Perhaps I should give it a try.

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                        City Kid Aug 2, 2008 09:22 PM

                        They definitely looked worth trying, and got good reviews. They also had a ziti with some sort of spicy tomato sauce. This place is a real find for Italian comfort food.

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                      ultbil Aug 2, 2008 10:36 AM

                      Haven't been in a few years, but Gnocco on E 10th was good and inexpensive.

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                        stephaniec25 Aug 2, 2008 10:18 AM

                        Le Zie comes to mind for very good, very inexpensive pasta in that area (20th and 7th).

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                          BryanHarig Aug 2, 2008 09:21 AM

                          Malatesta is awesome (christopher and washington)! Il Corallo Trattoria (on prince near thompson) is great.

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                            kobetobiko Aug 2, 2008 08:17 AM

                            What's your definition of "cheap"? If you can provide a price range, that will be helpful.

                            Some came to mind are Malatesta (great), Via Emilia (great), Cacio e Pepe (solid), Max (solid and really cheap), Da Andrea (good). I heard Barbuto has a pasta tasting for $35 as well.

                            Actually if just pasta, Lupa isn't that expensive either.

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                            1. re: kobetobiko
                              chompchomp Aug 5, 2008 07:57 AM

                              The cacio e pepe at Lupa is truly phenomenal.

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