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where can we get great pasta in toronto?

looking for authentic pasta?

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  1. 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.

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

    1. Giancarlo or Tutti Matti

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

      1. 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

          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.

        2. how does everyone feel about enoteca sociale?

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          1. re: c_snapper

            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

            Campagnolo
            832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

            1. re: c_snapper

              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

                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. 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...

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