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Great pasta at non-Italian restaurants...

My girlfriend doesn't care for Italian, but sometimes all I want is pasta. I'm not really looking for high end caviar or truffle dishes or Asian noodles and dumplings (though I enjoy them on occasion), but rather Italianesque pasta at non-Italian restaurants. I've tried and liked:

- butternut squash agnolotti at Perilla
- tagliatelle with braised veal and truffled mascarpone at Jane
- hangover pasta (ham, gruyere, fried egg) at Resto
- orecchiette with wild mushrooms, kale and ricotta at Balaboosta

Thanks for any other suggestions....

9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. it's a strange thing to say "my girlfriend doesn't care for Italian". what does this really mean? the menu at Scarpetta, to name just one, has at least a handful of entrees that are not what i'd call typical italian.

    mustard spaetzle, pork belly & butternut squash

    cipollini puree, charred vegetables & pickled shallots

    brussel sprouts, apples, root vegetables & foie gras emulsion

    to answer your question more specifically, i really enjoy Five Points' cavatelli with brussels sprouts.

    I also really liked the garganelli with three cheese blend, caramelized mushrooms, and lardon at Jo's, but i'm not sure i'd return for it.

    Five Points
    31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: coasts

      " the menu at Scarpetta, to name just one, has at least a handful of entrees that are not what i'd call typical italian. "

      Probably not typical Italian, but the execution and ingredient make them to be as Italian as they can be.

      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

      1. re: coasts

        I imagine you should take this up with his girlfriend, not him.

      2. Riverpark might be a good option for you. I very much enjoyed my pasta dish there (see link, below), but it's not an Italian restaurant. Esca, too, since while it *is* an Italian restaurant, there are plenty of dishes that don't seem particularly Italian, at least to me.


        1. The gnocchi at Hearth
          Various pastas I've had at Craft - lasagna, ravioli, etc.

          1. How about the gnudi at Spotted Pig?

            Spotted Pig
            314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

            1. The crab taglioni at EMP for lunch in the bar area.

              The cavatelli with wild mushrooms, mushroom chips, truffle mousse at David Burke Townhouse for lunch (with braised short rib for dinner)

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              1. re: fooder

                We tried David Burke Townhouse for brunch yesterday and I had the cavatelli with braised short ribs. Sensational dish, perfect for cold weather. Thanks for the recommendation.

                Great suggestions on this thread so far. Please keep them coming...

              2. I had a great pasta dish at the Modern Bar Room. It changes regularly.

                1. Sheep's milk dumplings At Fishtag on 79th between Amsterdam and Broadway

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                  1. re: 173gal

                    I haven't been there, but you reminded me that the sheep's milk dumplings at Kefi are delicious.