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Jun 7, 2012 08:29 AM

ECG retires the hell pasta ...

Saw on facebook that ECG will no longer be serving the pasta from hell at hell night. Unclear why they'd do that. Is this just the new owners trying to show that they're different? Is this an outgrowth of the ongoing wussification of hell night? Who knows.

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  1. The website says: "We apologize to all the fans of the Infamous Pasta but due
    to circumstances beyond our control it has been retired."

    Sounds like lawyers....

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      S'pose it had anything to do with the guy supposedly taken away by ambulance at the last Hell Night? Though I thought you had to sign a disclaimer before eating the pasta...

      1. re: Boston_Otter

        The customer passed out. The disclaimer always seemed kind of jokey to me: it may not have actual legal standing to protect the restaurant if someone is seriously injured or worse from something they ate there.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I always laugh when people talk about some spicy thing being "so hot you need to sign a disclaimer!". That always screams marketing gimmick to me.

      2. re: Bob Dobalina

        That was the speculation on FB, but I'm not really buying that.

      3. I won't miss it. I can't handle a single bite of a fresh Scotch bonnet, never mind five or six whole ones, or a bite of a ghost chili.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I was sort of dating this girl back in 2004.. we went to hell night.. she got the pasta, ate the whole thing. Went back the next night, ordered it again, asked for it to be HOTTER, and ate the whole thing. Again.

          1. re: MarlboroMan

            I have decent if not extraordinary heat tolerance: I eat a lot of traditional Sichuan, Thai, Indian, and other cuisines with significant loads of capsaicin (and whatever the active compounds in Sichuan peppercorns are). But I don't have the constitution to gobble whole fresh habaneros, either the day of or the day after. My last bite of Pasta From Hell paralyzed me for a good (long) five minutes: I was afraid I might stop breathing.


            1. re: MarlboroMan

              Good story, but you are kind of burying the lede in the telling...

              Agree with MC Slim on the Pasta From Hell effect - it literally left me speechless for about 10 minutes - I imagine it was akin to getting maced.

          2. So much of the Hell Night schtick was centered around that. I wondering if they are retiring Dr. Pepper too?

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            1. re: Gabatta

              I think it's way too lucrative and famous for that. They're just drawing the line at seven bombs instead of nine.


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                They claim that their phuket wings will now be hotter. I ain't buying it.

                1. re: jgg13

                  They do come with something called ghost chili jelly.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    There was always some sort of ghost chile infused sauce on them. But more importantly the thing w/ the WAD is that one can always fine tune the heat down a bit if you want by finding one that's not loaded up with the extra hot goodies. There's no such respite involved with the pasta :)

                    I still just think this is a bit of a gimmick as the wings were always the 2nd hottest (in theory but based on their imprecise bomb metric) thing. They can claim them to be hotter, people like me will complain and other people will never notice nor care.

                    1. re: jgg13

                      I just took a look it seems that the appetisers are getting more and more expensive and from experience I know they tend to be pretty small. Is ECG starting to just rip people off monetarily as well as destroy their stomachs and throats (last part is humor)

                      1. re: Janeinma

                        I think you're right, those prices do look higher. The entree price points appear to be the same though.

                        most groups that I go with tend to just buy a bunch of apps, I suspect that's not atypical. I'm sure they just decided this was the best way to make money. But hey - they sell out almost immediately, they have the ability to charge more.

                        1. re: jgg13

                          They sell out but the last few times i have gone, i called up a day or two before and snagged a cancellation plus during dinner there had been a bunch of no-show tables. I think they hype gets tons of people to register and then blow it off as the date approaches.

                          1. re: ac106

                            You can almost always get in last minute. If not by picking up a cancellation, there are often open seats at the bar or even a stray table for walkup.