Borgatti's pasta in the Bronx--question about price
Thought the price of $12 is a bit steep for cheese ravioli for a box of 27. Isn't Rafetto's in the city half that price? And with more variety as well? Maybe I'm out of touch, but it seemed much higher than I expected.
Fresh Mozzarella is $6.49 a lb at Casa Della Mozzarella--
Curious to know how these prices compare elsewhere...love the fresh mozzarella at Sorriso's in Astoria, and have yet to try Cassinelli for pasta in Astoria...forgot what I pay at Sorriso's....
Off topic, my husband is convinced that the regular slice at Full Moon Pizzaria on 187th St in Bronx is best classic slice in NYC.
Bakeries there do not thrill me though, every time I get cookies at the several diff places along 187, they are ALWAYS stale, hard, and dried out. I give up on them...whatever happened to soft delicious Italian cookies, the way Ferrara used to have them eons ago....
632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
Casa Della Mozzarella
604 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
fully agree, there is no ravioli in NYC like Borgatti's. The classic cheese is incredible, but the minis (meat, spinach, pumpkin) are also outstanding. They are cheap, and even if they weren't, they would be worth it.
re: cookies: check out Enrico's on Morris Park Ave in the east Bronx, their quality has been improving, they just hired a new baker. The owner still makes his own sfogliatelle, and these were in the running for best in the city in previous chowhound discussions. FYI Morrone's on Williamsbridge Road in the Morris Park section is currently undergoing renovation and is closed.
People should be aware that Borgatti actually cuts the pasta to order, unlike many places selling the fresh product. I believe that they have two types of dough--the type used for the flat pastas (widths for these are marked on a chart with numbers corresponding to the thickness of the pasta length)--and the "heavier" type used for the spaghetti. What I am not sure of is if the spaghettis, too, can be cut to various thicknesses. One of these, not sure which, is referred to as "chitarra."
They also sell fresh cut pasta, like cavatelli, and they often have fresh whole wheat and fresh spinach pastas.
Quite a wonderful store and certainly worth the trip!
The small meat ravioli are very good and make for a cheap easy meal. I would say I get four meals out of it for $12. They freeze well and make for a quick yet tasty midweek meal with a salad.
Their fresh pastas are excellent as well, I think around $3 or so a lb.
Casa della mozzarella is also another good deal as their cheese can compete with the best in NYC.
I will also second the pignoli cookies at venieros. I also usually buy the large round loaves of bread there which are always fresh to me but I do go in the morning. The next day slices work well for panini
Not up on prices of ravioli but Cassinelli is $3/lb and is really good. I cannot say the best in NYC since I have not had them all but I am sure it is very close if not so. Did not like Rafetto's at all though it is cheap. Sorriso is expensive but good. Mozz there is at least $8/lb, probably more. Italian bakeries are a sad bunch.