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Best pasta bolognese in the Bay Area?

mikeh Mar 10, 2010 02:56 PM

Every so often I have an intense craving for a really good bolognese. In the past when I had more time I used to make my own 2-day rendition using Heston Blumenthal's visions, but alas that's no longer possible. Anyone know of a sure-fire bolognese in the Bay Area, either in a restaurant or sold fresh/frozen homemade at an Italian specialty store? I had a pretty fine one at Flour + Water a couple of months ago on a pappardelle, but it's just too difficult getting in there with regularity.

Ideas on where to go for fresh-made Italian pasta, especially stores on the Peninsula or in the South Bay, are also greatly appreciated.

  1. Scott M Mar 10, 2010 04:05 PM

    I haven't done any extensive comparisons but the pasta bolognese at Antica Trattoria is worth trying.


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      abstractpoet Mar 10, 2010 05:12 PM

      I had a great version at La Ciccia. Very simple but done really, really well,

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        Meredith Mar 11, 2010 12:56 PM

        The one that sticks in my mind was from Ristorante Milano. The pasta was housemade and delicious and the sauce was just amazing.

        1. dlglidden Mar 11, 2010 11:10 PM

          Well, frankly, the best is the bolognese sauce I make and serve at my house. (Thanks, Marcella Hazan!). Otherwise, I will make a heretical suggestion: Of restaurant bologneses in this area, actually one of the best and by FAR the best value, is the spaghetti alla bologonese at Romano's Macaroni Grill. And don't you CH snobs flame me unless you're actually tried it. My experience is based on the one in El Cerrito Plaza and it's now our "go-to bargain Italian restaurant."

          If you want to spend more, Olivetto Cafe often has a sugo which is a traditional bolognese sauce and is quite good, but it's usually shreded beef (and/or pork) rather than finely ground meat.

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            sparky403 Mar 13, 2010 11:46 AM

            El Borgo Hayes Valley!

            I get the same craving and when I do - I go to El Borgo (Fell & Laguna).

            I am not a bolognese expert (though an a italian chef friend is). There's is easily as good as his. Fresh Parpedella (sp) great atmosphere (totally Italian owned and run) ... You can't beat it.


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              Windy Mar 13, 2010 02:28 PM

              Il Borgo would be my pick too. You can definitely find great higher end sauces, but this one's inexpensive, big portion, and delicious.

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