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Jan 24, 2011 12:08 PM

Homemade Pasta?

I have decided that I have a new standard in life- homemade pasta!

It is SO much better than the dried stuff, so why go to restaurants that serve dried pasta, especially when the dishes cost about the same!

I know there must be more restaurants out there that serve fresh pasta. Or are there any places where you can purchase this to make at home?

I live near Rockville, MD, but am often in VA and DC, so please respond with any good restaurants that make their own pasta. These places deserve a shot out anyway!

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  1. Vace (Cleveland Park and Bethesda). They sell many types to cook at home.

    3315 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC 20008

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      Homemade is Good. Handmade is even better. Dipasquales in Baltimore is amazing. Chiapparelli's has decent Fettucini. Everything else food-wise/service/wise @ Chiapparelli's is inconsistent, meh. Good Homemade Pasta @ Filomena in DC.

      It really is all about the texture aint it? Make sure you dine with someone who can tell the freakin' difference! (Long Story for me, LMAO)

      1. re: woodleyparkhound

        Vace is good to know about, but just to be clear, it's just a deli, you can buy things to go or to take home, but you can't sit and eat there, and they don't sell ready-to-eat pasta - at least at the Cleveland Park location, I haven't been to the Bethesda location.

        UPDATE: Oops, I misread, nytdct is right.

        3315 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC 20008

        1. re: Benquo

          OP also asked about places to buy pasta to make at home - Vace fits that part of the query perfectly - punpkin agnolotti is amazing!

          3315 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC 20008

      2. this makes me miss Locanda's pasta in DC, I believe it was handmade out of house, but daily fresh and local. you might search the names to see where they popped up after it closed.

        Brian Barszcz was the chef there, and IIRC they sourced their pasta from another restaurant in town, which I believe is still open. (I know - no help, but somebody may be able to fill in the gaps) I seem to remember Sietsema's review named the maker.

        1. What i would love is the homemade spaghetti like i used to be able to get as a kid at all the "sauce joints" where I grew up. It was thick; not quite as thick as a pencil, but close. soooooooooooooo good. Only one of the places still has this kind. It is so tasty, and i certainly have never seen it around this area.

          1. I know you can buy delicious fresh pasta at Eastern Market.

            In terms of restaurants that serve homemade pasta, I was just at Casa Nona and thought their homemade pasta was really, really delicious. I had a simple dish with "guitar spaghetti" with olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and roasted cauliflower and the whole dish was really elevated by the delicious homemade pasta.

            Bibianna also has delicious in-house made pasta.

            And of course there is Filomena for more red-sauce Italian pasta. The Pasta Mamas even make the pasta in the front window. I like their gnocchi.

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            1. re: Elyssa

              and word in the neighborhood is if you call the folks at the Eastern Mkt at least a few days ahead and ask nicely you can request a specific type/flavor/filling.

            2. I am fairly certain that Pasta Plus in Laurel has freshly made pasta.

              Pasta Plus Restaurant
              209 Gorman Ave, Laurel, MD 20707

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              1. re: MrsWheatie

                Yes they do and it is great! But it is not really close to my house.

                Any more restaurant recommendations?

                I may just give up and purchase a pasta maker myself....