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Need really good black squid ink pasta

NYJewboy Nov 10, 2012 07:39 AM

I am not sure who makes what anymore, just got out of prison and need some squid ink pasta! Any suggestions?

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  1. NYJewboy RE: NYJewboy Nov 10, 2012 07:46 AM

    What I am really looking for is Black pasta in a garlic oriented sauce, maybe with some chili kick, any other ingredients not withstanding.

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      kathryn RE: NYJewboy Nov 10, 2012 08:17 AM

      I've had good ones at Scarpetta and Esca.

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        NYJewboy RE: kathryn Nov 11, 2012 06:51 AM

        Have not rried Esca.
        Not a fan of Scarpetta. Small, precious portions...no good for me.

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          kathryn RE: NYJewboy Nov 11, 2012 12:04 PM

          The pasta portions at Scarpetta always seem HUGE to me. Maybe some of the raw dishes/appetizers are small, but I always leave completely stuffed.

      2. sgordon RE: NYJewboy Nov 10, 2012 09:54 AM

        Just got out of prison? You've got posts from June - must not have been a long stay. The restaurant scene hasn't changed much in four months. Everyone who made what then still pretty much makes the same what now.

        Babbo does two great ones, both with a little heat - at lunch (with fennel, bottarga, & chili) and a different one at dinner (with rock shrimp, spicy sausage, and chili)

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          valerie RE: sgordon Nov 10, 2012 06:50 PM

          +1 on the the dish at Babbo with the rock shrimp, sausage and chili...it is amazing.

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            NYJewboy RE: valerie Nov 11, 2012 06:49 AM

            Babbo is great, but are there any less expensive options?

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            NYJewboy RE: sgordon Nov 11, 2012 08:29 PM

            Yeah, Hurricane Sandy Correctional located in South Queens.

            I do like the Babbo version but I want something more informal, low key, and most importantly cheaper. Al Di La in Park Slope did a good one, but alas it is no more.

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              boccalupo RE: NYJewboy Nov 13, 2012 05:37 AM

              Really? I just checked Al Di La's menu online and it is on there:

              Homemade black spaghetti, Crab meat, lemon, tomatoes, mint, hot chili pepper"

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                tex.s.toast RE: boccalupo Nov 13, 2012 06:02 AM

                i may be getting my food memories crossed but i am remembering a sepia ink risotto from al di la that was out of this world - maybe ny jewboys memory wires are as crossed as mine?

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                  NYJewboy RE: tex.s.toast Nov 13, 2012 04:54 PM

                  I think they alternate, and last time I went they did not have it. I really do like their version. Now I am definitely going again. I was very disappointed last time, no rissotto nero either!

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            mushroomaffairs RE: NYJewboy Nov 12, 2012 07:17 PM

            Lol, this thread is funny!

            Mezzogiorno makes a squid ink pasta. My friend ordered it and thought it was bland and the seafood in it was measly. I didn't bother to try it because I recall the menu description did not specifically say cuttlefish ink was used, and to me that's kind of an indicator that the pasta itself won't have that briny sea flavor, so this probably doesn't help you much, but it's inexpensive and all their pasta courses are around $17-19 and good size portions. I think Catch has an ink dish on their menu.. You should call to make sure these places weren't affected by the storm and are operating.

            What food did they serve in prison? Haha.

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              foodwhisperer RE: NYJewboy Nov 12, 2012 09:04 PM

              Da Andrea makes a good squid ink tagliolini with clams tomatoes, white wine and spices.

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                NYJewboy RE: foodwhisperer Nov 13, 2012 04:54 PM

                DaAndrea has been coming up a lot on these boards. I have not yet gone, but now I certainly will.

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                  foodwhisperer RE: NYJewboy Nov 13, 2012 06:42 PM

                  Da Andrea, is a low key friendly place, with good food and not outrageous prices.

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                    NYJewboy RE: foodwhisperer Nov 17, 2012 09:54 AM

                    Yes, Da Andrea is low key. Friendly. Not expensive. However I thought the food was just a couple of steps above an average pizzeria. The 'spcy tomato sauce' on the penne was really disappointing, and the melted mozz mixed in was a gloppy mess with very little taste. Certainly lacking the zesty bite promised, or much of anything flavor-wise. The Stuffed chicked breast was equally lackluster.

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                      foodwhisperer RE: NYJewboy Nov 20, 2012 10:23 PM

                      If you think Da Andrea is pizza place quality, you must know some pretty good pizza places. What Italian restaurant do you like? I personally don't like Scarpetta and I really hate Esca. Speaking of pizza restaurants, skip the squid ink and go to Il Brigante, which looks like a pizza place by South Street and get the linguini all a Scoglio, they will make it with a kick if you want. The pasta is way better than the place looks. the staff is Italian. The price is reasonable. PS Rikers is beginning to limit the amount of sodium and sugar in foods. Sad day when you can't get honey buns or potato chips.

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                        NYJewboy RE: foodwhisperer Nov 21, 2012 04:34 AM

                        The reason I said that was the bland brown sauce for the chicken. Maybe it is better than most pizzarias, but it reminded me of that style of preparation, like I grew up with in Queens. I like the way Al Di La does the dish (when they have it). In general the Italian places I like are Babbo, Lupa, Del Anima, (and when they are at their best) Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn.

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                          foodwhisperer RE: NYJewboy Nov 21, 2012 04:07 PM

                          I've only been to Babbo and Lupa. I don't like Lupa much. I like Babbo but don't think of it in terms of squid ink pasta. I had a good one at Accapella but that was a while ago, Bar Pitti also had a good one as a special.

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                UES Mayor RE: NYJewboy Nov 15, 2012 04:18 AM

                Didn't they have squid ink pasta on menu in prison?

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                  NYJewboy RE: UES Mayor Nov 17, 2012 09:54 AM

                  They did in fact. Your mother is quite a good cook.

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                  barberinibee RE: NYJewboy Nov 21, 2012 06:28 AM

                  You might read up on the squid ink trofie at Ai Fiori. It is more likely to have garlic in the sauce since Ai Fiori leans toward Ligurian cuisine. Other squid ink pasta dishes tend to come from the Adriatic, where the regional cooking seldom uses garlic.

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                    intrepid3591 RE: barberinibee Nov 21, 2012 06:40 AM

                    well put ai fiori a bit schmendy, but good chow

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                      NYJewboy RE: intrepid3591 Nov 22, 2012 09:29 AM

                      Can you elaborate on 'schmendy'?

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                        intrepid3591 RE: NYJewboy Nov 22, 2012 11:15 AM

                        cross between trendy and schmaltzy

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                    r32nissan RE: NYJewboy Nov 21, 2012 07:19 AM

                    Had an amazing quid ink pasta at Perla the other night. Sea urchin and crab I believe. It was superb.

                    1. alkonost RE: NYJewboy Nov 22, 2012 11:12 AM

                      Dieci in the East Village has a very good squid ink tagliolini with calamari dish.

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