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Dec 3, 2009 06:38 PM

bolognese at Prezza vs Via Matta?

Seems like it's always on the menus at both places, and I've never tried it at Prezza. And only sampled my DC's bolognese at Via Matta, which was a glorious revelation.

We're going to Prezza this Saturday and I'm wondering whether to order the gnocchi bolognese or my usuals -- ravioli di uovo or chestnut raviolini.

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  1. never been to via matta..but prezza is awesome. have tried almost every pasta dish from their recent menu and the gnocchi is delicious. one of my most favorite places for pasta. if you can't can always get the smaller portion of both :)

    just thought i'd mention da vinci as another place for good pasta. they do a wonderful 3 course prix fixe for 33.

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    1. re: mgcmonkey

      Now that you mention it there was a time a couple of years ago when the server surprised me by offering split portions of the 2 pastas I was considering.

      For a starter, do people still like the Arancini?

      1. re: triple creme

        dunno about other ppl..but i like the arancini. the waiter also recommended an awesome cocktail made with apple cider when i went last month. apparently the drink won some award at a contest. forget the name of it atm.

    2. Both are excellent, made with high quality ingredients and having well blended flavor. I prefer Via Matta's bolognese sauce personally. The reason I get the bolognese every time I am at Via Matta and never at Prezza is due to the gnocchi preparation. I am not a huge gnocchi fan, and I much prefer the beautiful hand made tagliatelle at Via Matta.

      There are so many other great things at Prezza, you probably can't go wrong either way. Depends on what you are in the mood for taste-wise that evening.

      1. prezza rocks consistently, while i find via matta very good only on the rare occasions schlow is there.

        i prefer bolognese with tubular pasta and am not a gnocchi fan, which is how prezza serves it.

        i find the service at prezza consistently great, with zippo attitude.

        right now prezza has the legendary and amazing egg ravioli which makes it worth the trip.

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        1. re: hotoynoodle

          I thought the gnocchi bolognese at Prezza was excellent! Give it a try.

          1. re: chowmensch

            I've never been to via matta, but the bolognese at Prezza is really good.

          2. re: hotoynoodle

            I love that egg ravioli.

            Seems like it should be simple enough to put the Bolognese on another pasta. Have you asked? Prezza always seems accomodating.

            1. re: 9lives

              bolognese, especially over gnocchi, is heavier than i generally like to eat. plus there is so much else on the menu that i want, i have trouble enough deciding without trying to customize stuff!

          3. Sounds pretty great, I must say. So do the chestnut raviolini!

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            1. re: steinpilz

              Thanks for all your comments. I ended up getting the ravioli di uovo, which was absolutely luscious (but is one big pasta pillow so should technically be called raviolo, singular).

            2. If you haven't yet tried it I highly recommend the bolognese at Stella - it is my favorite restaurant version in Boston.

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