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Jan 18, 2012 03:26 PM

Best Carbonara in town

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?

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

    1. 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

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

      2. I love the uni carbonara at Coppa.

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        1. re: meatluvr

          +1 on the uni carbonara at Coppa.

        2. 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

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

            1. re: Gabatta

              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

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

              1. re: Gordough

                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.)

                1. re: newyorker1

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

            3. 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.