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where can we get great pasta in toronto?

twong888 Mar 30, 2011 03:50 PM

looking for authentic pasta?

  1. TorontoJo Mar 30, 2011 03:56 PM

    That's a pretty vague request! :) Do you mean the pasta itself? Or the sauce/prep? If the latter, what kind of sauces and preps do you like? There are quite a few places that make their own pasta (Zucca, Positano and Buca spring to mind, though I generally avoid the pasta at Buca because they are weaker than the other options) and lots of places that do great pasta dishes in general. If you can give us a little more guidance, you'll get better recommendations.

    604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

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      Cat123 Mar 30, 2011 05:43 PM

      Giancarlo or Tutti Matti

      Tutti Matti
      364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1R7, CA

      1. jayt90 Mar 30, 2011 05:48 PM

        I find the quality of fresh and dried pasta is really variable, price not being a good indicator.

        I can always get good texture and flavor from De Cecco, and it is reasonably priced, at Loblaw.

        Best bottled sauce by far is White Linen Marinara, at Costco.

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        1. re: jayt90
          bogie Mar 31, 2011 05:25 AM

          I really like Del Verde pasta, its available from Metro and Loblaws is starting to carry the big bags. Too me, it absorbs sauce better than any other pasta. Also, they make this excellent lasagna kit that contains enough pasta for 2-8"x8" lasagnas and 2 aluminum containers to bake them in. The lasagna sheets in this kit are thin and delicate, you ony have to soak them in hot water to prepare for baking so not much fuss either.

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          c_snapper Mar 30, 2011 06:58 PM

          how does everyone feel about enoteca sociale?

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          1. re: c_snapper
            jlunar Mar 30, 2011 07:14 PM

            I like Enoteca Sociale and Campagnolo for pasta these days, though I can't speak to authenticity... "it tastes good" is about where I am, though I've happily made my own pasta many times before.

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            Enoteca Sociale
            1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

            832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

            1. re: c_snapper
              pinstripeprincess Mar 30, 2011 08:48 PM

              i've been only once but was quite disappointed. they really treated their pasta quite poorly. my pappardelle was turned into a giant dense lump because there was no saucy lubricant to prevent it from sticking to itself once on the plate and it compressed. i gave up half way. didn't help that my ragu was also rather dry and chewy.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess
                froglegs Mar 31, 2011 05:07 AM

                FINALLY someone else agrees with me! i went there and had a bland boring pasta which was supposed to be carbonera. It was an oily bowl of noodles. Badly in need of flavour.
                This place gets so much hype but i found it so over rated.

            2. foodyDudey Mar 30, 2011 07:32 PM

              I saw a lot of authentic pasta from Italy at the Cheese Boutique. They have one room that contains many different varieties. It wasn't cheap, but they had pasta I've not seen anywhere else.

              Check the link for a picture: http://www.360cities.net/image/cheese...

              Cheese Boutique
              45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

              1. ekim256 Mar 31, 2011 07:05 PM

                I'm a fan of Buca's duck egg tagliatelle --> Y-U-M
                I had pappardelle at Woodlot relatively recently - I didn't think it was a-mazing but my dining companion loved it.
                It was many years ago, but I did enjoy fresh pasta at Nota Bene made with rabbit - the rabbit wasn't great, but the noodles sure were :)
                Or...were you referring to dried pasta?

                Nota Bene
                180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

                604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

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