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Apr 7, 2009 08:06 PM

Best place to buy fresh pasta (cook at home)

We want to purchase some fresh pasta (probably tagliatelle) for Easter dinner. We will likely be at the Ferry building's farmers market and the city this weekend, but live in Palo Alto.

Suggestions for best value and quality?

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  1. sergio's pasta shop on 4th in san mateo has nice fresh pasta. we also love their ravioli.

    Sergio's Pasta Shop
    205 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA

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    1. re: artemis

      I was going to say Sergio's too, but you beat me to it. So I second Sergio's.

      1. re: artemis

        Sergio's is excellent, a lot better than the grocery store brands.

        1. re: artemis

          Sergios has "fresh" frozen pasta. The quality is ok, but definitely lost a bit in the freezing process.

          Pasta Pasta is on 4th Ave. in San Mateo as well, and they handmake fresh pasta in the back of the shop every day. They also do some housemade sauces, ravioli, frozen lasagna and mac and cheese.

        2. Segios looks great, but with family in town may be easier to hit the city (where they want to be tourists) or more local. Any recommendations for those places? Otherwise we'll see if we can hit Sergios.

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          1. re: jsaimd

            Lucca's Deli -one on Valencia/22 and one on Chestnut in the Marina - has all sizes of fresh pasta and much cheaper than elsewhere.

            1. re: SPO

              I do not believe the two Lucca's delis in San Francisco are related to one another. They are separate businesses. Technically, the one on Valencia is called Lucca Ravioli Co. They make very good fresh pastas.

              1. re: DavidT

                They're not connected. Lucca Ravoili Co.'s pasta is decent (might be using the same recipes since 1919) but not as good as Pasta Shop's.

                1. re: DavidT

                  The cheese ravioli is the winner, along with the spinach ravioli. I don't like the meat filled ones much. I noticed a sign for pumpkin but haven't had a chance to check it out.

                  Pasta Gina on Diamond near 24th Street makes pasta to order, in any shape, from any of their doughs.

            2. For those in the Oakland area the Pasta Shop right next to the Rockridge BART station has excellent pastas. You can purchase sheet pasta or get them to cut it for you. They also have various stuffed pasta's available (ravioli etc).

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              1. re: skwid

                The Pasta Shop's stuff is about as good as it gets without making it yourself. Do they still have a stand at the Ferry Plaza market on Saturdays?

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  The Pasta Shop does have a stand at the Ferry Building. They are in the far back next to the knife sharpener.

                2. re: skwid

                  Pasta Shop tagliatelle is available at Falletti Foods in case the OP can't find it at the Ferry Plaza or if they're sold out. Pasta Shop ravioli (only vegetarian options) are also available at Rainbow Grocery, and I'm working on Rainbow to switch their fresh pasta tagliatelle source to Pasta Shop from the current terrible option.

                  Rainbow Grocery
                  1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                  Falletti Foods
                  308 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA

                  1. re: skwid

                    Since the Pasta Shop sells at the Ferry Plaza farmers' market, that would definitely be my recommendation, as well.

                    Adding links for the stores:

                    Pasta Shop
                    1786 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

                    Pasta Shop
                    5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618