Best Carbonara in Boston?
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?
I liked Sportello's version a lot. It's also not difficult to make yourself.
348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110
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.
319 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113
253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118