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versicle Mar 3, 2011 12:16 PM

In the Chelsea Market? Eataly?

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Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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    fmogul Sep 12, 2011 04:23 AM

    Quick question/bump to an old thread . . .

    I work near Raffetto's, so that's great news. I rarely buy pasta but am looking forward to trying it.

    Any of their sauces any good? I can always just whip us something fresh and simple myself, but if the many Raffetto's fans here say there's some prepared sauce that's not too be missed, I'd give it a try.

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    Raffetto's
    144 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

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      rose water Sep 14, 2011 08:00 AM

      I don't think I've ever gotten their sauces, but I can tell you that the smells in that place when they're cooking (ravioli fillings? sauces? prepared foods?) are seriously intoxicating

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        Chuck Lawrence Sep 14, 2011 09:43 AM

        Their sauces are terrific. On a good day you'll see Grandma in the back cooking away.

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          Hurner Sep 16, 2011 10:51 AM

          The walnut pesto is excellent. I was once in the store while they were conducting a neighborhood tour. They served a sample of the walnut pest over their pumpkin ravioli. It was so delicious I nearly CRIED!

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          Raffetto's
          144 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

        2. erica Mar 7, 2011 07:46 AM

          I have tried pasta from all of the places mentioned, except the Greenmarket vendors. And I can tell you from much experience that the fresh pasta at Borgatti is on another plane entirely than the others. I am talking about plain long, and cut, pasta here, not flavored, nor filled.

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            sugartoof Mar 7, 2011 08:23 AM

            Is Borgatti available from any secondary vendors in Manhattan?

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              erica Mar 7, 2011 10:11 AM

              No. Although it is a bit of a hike from many parts of the metro area, their prices are very low--both on fresh pasta and on dried, imported pastas from makers including Benedetto Cavalleri, and on canned Italian products such as beans and tomatoes.

              Not only that, but fresh pasta freezes very well. I make a trip every couple of months and freeze much of what I bring home. Same holds true of the baked goods from places like Madonna Bros.

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              rose water Mar 7, 2011 10:16 AM

              i agree with you 100%, erica. and the Borgatti large raviolis, with aged/complex tasting cheese, and toothsome pasta, are among my absolute favorite foods in all of NYC. but, they don't have the fresh pasta flavors rafetto's has--the mushroom, rosemary, and saffron pastas at rafetto's are fantastic.

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              sugartoof Mar 5, 2011 06:25 AM

              Piemonte in Little Italy or Rafetto's.

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                orthorunner Mar 3, 2011 08:23 PM

                My favorite is made by Knoll Krest farms, which can be found at various Greenmarkets; you can check this website for locations: http://www.whatisfresh.com/users/knol.... They have flavors that vary, using eggs they collect on their farm. IIRC, they do not have any filled pastas.
                Next best: Agata & Valentina, though I have to admit I haven't gotten it in a year or two now that I've discovered Knoll Krest!

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                Agata & Valentina
                1505 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

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                  rose water Mar 4, 2011 04:42 AM

                  i love knoll krest for their eggs, but didn't love their pasta. much prefer rafetto's, which has more varieties (saffron is awesome), will cut to desired thickness, and just seems both fresher and more flavorful.

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                    orthorunner Mar 4, 2011 07:49 PM

                    Have you tried their tomato and basil? It may make you a convert (though I don't imply you would abandon Rafetto's, which is a clear favorite on this thread. I must admit I have only had it pre-packaged and thus was not a fan)
                    They have had some of new flavors this past year, and in general they seem to have tweaked their recipes to add more punch.

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                      rose water Mar 7, 2011 02:18 AM

                      Nope, have only tried the egg, but I'm at greenmarkets w knoll krest more often than I'm near rafetto's so I'll check it out. Out of curiosity, what do you do w tomato basil pasta? Tomato sauce?

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                        orthorunner Mar 7, 2011 08:28 AM

                        Yes; usually a lighter tomato sauce, without a lot of spicin, as the basil flavor shines throuh quite well. Or, one can leave the pasta slightly damp and grate on some fresh Parmesan or Romano and the pasta provides the rest of the flavor.
                        They also have a nice spinach pasta as well. I have never actually gotten the egg, so can't comment on how they compare.

                2. loratliff Mar 3, 2011 04:35 PM

                  Murray's Cheese has my favorite fresh pasta. Small selection, but very good and not expensive.

                  The place in Chelsea Market (La Buon Italia?) is also very good, and definitely has a huge selection.

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                  Murray's Cheese
                  254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                  Buon Italia
                  75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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                    fooodie Mar 3, 2011 02:12 PM

                    The fresh pasta at Eataly is very good, but I find it to be a bit expensive. Somewhere around $7-8/lb if I recall correctly.

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                    Eataly
                    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                      kathryn Mar 3, 2011 04:28 PM

                      Depends what you're getting. Some of the filled pastas are $12.80/lb!

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                        Pedr0 Mar 4, 2011 04:59 AM

                        The pasta at Eataly is indeed good but you'd have to be a masochist to shop there. I've never such a disorganised mess of a retail space.

                        As above, I recommend Raffetto's on West Houston. Excellent pasta made fresh daily.

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                        Raffetto's
                        144 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

                        Eataly
                        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                          versicle Mar 4, 2011 06:31 AM

                          Yeah, I'll likely try Raffetto's, not least because I'm relieved places like that are still hanging on downtown.

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                          Raffetto's
                          144 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

                    2. rose water Mar 3, 2011 12:26 PM

                      if you don't want to go up to the bronx for borgatti's, rafetto's on houston street

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                        emgoodman Mar 4, 2011 02:32 AM

                        Definitely Rafetto's on houston street. Eataly is great, but much more expensive.

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                        Eataly
                        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                          pauliface Mar 7, 2011 12:02 PM

                          +1 for Raffetto's. (Althought I don't know Borgatti's).

                          If you go to Raffetto's, remember that Joe's Dairy is just a block south and you can get the most wonderful smoked (or fresh) mozzarella there.

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                          Raffetto's
                          144 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

                          Joe's Dairy
                          156 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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                            squid kun May 12, 2013 06:58 PM

                            Sad news on Joe's Dairy: it just closed ... http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/...

                             
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