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Best Carbonara in town

ceb Jan 18, 2012 03:26 PM

Inspired by the "Best Bolognese in town" thread, who serves a knock-out carbonara? I love Sportello's, but they don't always have it on the menu. Prezza's was meh, and too many resto's serve a cream based glop.

Plus for guanciale!

And plus plus for any resto serving knock-out bolognese and carbonara! Yes, I know carbonara is simple to make at home, but I love both bolognese and carbonara. Where can I go to face an agonizing choice between a lusciously light yet rich egg-cheese glaze versus the deep concentrated meaty bolognese flavors?

  1. barleywino Jan 18, 2012 04:54 PM

    Sportello will sometimes make carbonara upon request, even if it's not listed on the menu

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      surferbettygal Jan 18, 2012 05:06 PM

      Have you tried Al Dente's? Benevuto's? I don't care for bolognese sauce from Prezza...there is a weird herb in it. I'm always in search for a good bolognese and carbonara. My husband makes a great carbonara.

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      1. re: surferbettygal
        Beachowolfe Jan 18, 2012 05:56 PM

        I like guanciale in my carbonara. Bolognese is sometimes tasty. There is homemade pasta at Monica's.

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        meatluvr Jan 18, 2012 06:09 PM

        I love the uni carbonara at Coppa.

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          mkfisher Jan 19, 2012 05:58 AM

          +1 on the uni carbonara at Coppa.

        2. MC Slim JB Jan 18, 2012 06:37 PM

          Dante and Belmont sibling Il Casale do very fine gunciale-based, no-cream versions of spaghetti carbonara, and they make their own pasta (chitarra at Dante).


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          1. re: MC Slim JB
            Gabatta Jan 18, 2012 09:13 PM

            A no-cream prep is what I associate with an authentic carbonara. We will have to try those versions out.

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              opinionatedchef Jan 20, 2012 09:48 PM

              from my own experience and recent CH disses i have read, i would warn you againt dante, but il casale is a delight and i wouldn't hesitate to steer you there. nice people, nice room, excellent food. (but fyi, can be very very loud.)

            2. re: MC Slim JB
              Gordough Jan 19, 2012 07:13 AM

              I'll second the carbonara at at II Casale in Belmont. Best I have had in town in the last few years.

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                newyorker1 Jan 22, 2012 11:06 AM

                Alas, the carbonara was off for me last week at Il Casale; I'd gotten it based on my excellent carbonara at Dante a couple years ago. It might have been sitting around a bit; it wasn't *bad* just not great. (The rest of the meal was very good though.)

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                  barleywino Jan 22, 2012 08:47 PM

                  The one time I ordered carbonara at Il Casale it was quite watery compared to carbonara at say Sportello

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              jjbourgeois Jan 19, 2012 05:16 AM

              If anyone is interested in a road trip Osteria La Civetta in Falmouth does a great carbonara. They make their own pasta, but use pancetta not guanciale. Still taste great and is only on their lunch menu.

              1. C. Hamster Jan 19, 2012 06:35 AM

                Tavalo. Tell them light on the cracked pepper

                1. StevieC Jan 19, 2012 07:05 AM

                  As with the Bolognese thread, I must promote Pasta Beach on this one. They do an outstanding job. Outside of Italy I have not had better.

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                    MC Slim JB Jan 19, 2012 09:26 AM

                    Agreed, though I believe the Pasta Beach version uses pancetta.


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                      StevieC Jan 20, 2012 07:51 AM

                      Yes, that is true. I personally prefer pancetta, though. Guanciale has a lingering smokiness that I find unpleasant.

                      But to be clear: I would never turn down a (properly made) carbonara because it was made with guanciale!

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                        Karl S Jan 20, 2012 08:36 AM

                        I have to say I've yet to have a guanciale version that makes me prefer it *over* pancetta (as opposed to liking it just as much). I don't know why, but I believe that in carbonara, its virtues are oversold. If you get a generously fatty piece of pancetta, it's marvelous....

                  2. CocoDan Jan 19, 2012 10:34 AM

                    Villa Francesca, on Richmond St. in the N. End makes a very good version. We sometimes get it as an app. and split among 4 or 6. people. Delicious!

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                      9lives Jan 19, 2012 11:38 AM

                      Bina used to make a great version.

                      I don't see it on the current menu but they might make it for you.

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                        bear Jan 20, 2012 08:04 AM

                        I agree with the Dante and Teatro suggestions.

                        I also really enjoy a steaming plate for breakfast from Caffe Nuovo in the North End. Pancetta, though, not guanciale, but nice al dente pasta.

                        I also remember enjoying Rabia's version a couple of years ago, but remember it being a bit too saucy.

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                          Wannabfoode Jan 21, 2012 08:32 PM

                          Gotta disagree with the Tavolo rec. AVOID ! Soo disappointing; including overcooked/reheated pasta

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