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Best Carbonara in Boston?

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I'm on an ongoing hunt for the best carbonara in Boston, and I'm looking for authentic - no cream, and definitely not bacon for the meat. I've tried many places and so far my favorites are Monica's (without a doubt the best I've had so far) and Stella (love their brunch version that's topped with a poached egg).

Any recommendations for other places to try?

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  1. I liked Sportello's version a lot. It's also not difficult to make yourself.

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    Sportello
    348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

    1. Don't eat it often, and haven't had it recently enough to comment on its authenticity with any authority, but I've really enjoyed the carbonara on many occasions at Pomodoro.

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      Pomodoro
      319 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

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      1. re: BJK

        I had the carbonara at Pomodoro recently, and as much as I enjoyed it, it bears absolutely no resemblance to carbonara (perhaps in the past it was different). It has chicken, cream, bacon, penne, tons of garlic --shall I go on? Most restaurants don't make it authentically, it would be a pain. Coppa has a lovely version if you can get over the very non-traditional addition of sea urchin. Otherwise, make it at home. Seriously, it's the easiest "I have no food in the house, what should I make?" dish. Marcella Hazan will tell you how it's done, consult one of her books.

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        Pomodoro
        319 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

        Coppa
        253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          1. re: BJK

            Right. It also may have been different when you had it, as I pointed out.