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Mar 10, 2010 02:56 PM

Best pasta bolognese in the Bay Area?

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.

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

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

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

          1. 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.