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Looking for great pasta in East Village/Gramercy area

Jmn8603 Aug 26, 2012 07:32 PM

I love fresh pasta dishes and I'm looking for an Italian restaurant with amazing pasta and sauces. Nothing too creative, just standard vodka, alfredo, etc. Anyone have any suggestions???? Thanks!

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    mitchleeny Aug 27, 2012 04:51 AM

    You might find some classics at Maialino.

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      barberinibee Aug 27, 2012 06:37 AM

      There is no pasta with vodka sauce or an "alfredo" at Maialino. With a very few deviations, they stick fairly closely to traditional recipes from Italy.

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        mangiare24 Aug 27, 2012 07:38 AM

        Agree 100% with barberinibee.

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      kathryn Aug 27, 2012 06:36 AM


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        barberinibee Aug 27, 2012 06:42 AM

        I've never eaten at La Marca, but it might be what you are looking for.


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          princeofpork3 Aug 27, 2012 07:45 AM

          Ma Marca is suprisingly good and has many of the clasics.
          Novita is a much higher price point but the pastas are excellnet.

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            roze Aug 28, 2012 10:45 AM

            LaMarca is the first thing that came to my mind as well.

        2. LeahBaila Aug 27, 2012 08:09 AM

          Da Andrea, while not in EV or Gramercy (though close to both!), could work!

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            ukitali Aug 27, 2012 08:12 AM

            John's of 12th Street would be a good option. Classic Italian American food.

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              mike3183 Aug 28, 2012 07:35 AM

              I agree John's of 12th Street would be a good option. I have been a couple times, great red sauce joint. It was on Diners, drive-in's and dives so I assume there is a you tube clip you could find from the show.

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                HippieChick Aug 29, 2012 01:36 PM

                Fabulous carbonara and alfredo at John's. And the garlic bread is incredible.

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              RebelWithaCause Aug 27, 2012 09:11 AM

              paul and jimmy's...for sure.

              1. ChefJune Aug 27, 2012 12:39 PM

                We love I Trulli. 27th just east of Park Avenue South.

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                  mangiare24 Aug 27, 2012 01:49 PM

                  I Trulli specializes in Pugliese cuisine. The OP is looking for red-sauce Italian: "standard vodka, alfredo, etc." He's not going to find that at I Trulli.

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                    Motosport Aug 27, 2012 02:48 PM

                    The fresh pasta at I Trulli is fabulous but not typical red sauce cooking

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                  goldn3 Aug 27, 2012 02:18 PM

                  Il Bagatto

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                    princeofpork3 Aug 28, 2012 06:23 AM

                    Il Baggatto is still around? I remember taking girls on dates there 10+ years ago. I also remember never sitting anywhere near my reservation time. That is why I stopped going.

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                      Pan Aug 28, 2012 07:49 PM

                      Same here, almost exactly.

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                    jw212 Aug 27, 2012 02:25 PM

                    Try Frank or Porsena in the E Village

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                      SugarRush08 Aug 27, 2012 04:09 PM

                      I used to work in Gramercy and ordered from Coppola's East all the time. Their penne alla vodka with chicken is really solid if you're in the mood for something along those lines.


                      1. howdini Aug 28, 2012 11:54 AM

                        A little bit south of the EV, but Sauce on Allen & Rivington is a good bet.

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