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In Search of a Mystery Pasta House

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While living in Princeton from 2002 through 2004 we received a restaurant recommendation from a friend with whom we've since lost touch. The restaurant she recommended was probably located in Manhattan, although one of the other boroughs is possible. We don't remember the name of the restaurant, but our friend described it as a place whose sine qua non was an absolute multitude of different pastas and a huge variety of different sauces for those pastas. It was a mix-and-match, create-your-own pasta-combo kind of a joint.

Any idea what this place may be? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Olive Garden? Truthfully, it does not sound high end but like the "pasta bar" that I have gotten lunch at on a bad day

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    1. re: dyrewolf

      It's not high end, but it's certainly not the Olive Garden. It's a local place.

    2. It's a given in NYC pasta houses that you can mix and match pastas and sauces; I've never been refused that privilege anywhere. There have to be a slew of establishments that have an "absolute multitude" of the two ingredients -(I have to say it'd be fun, if fattening, to track down the best, though.)

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      1. re: Phil Ogelos

        Capellino in the haystack, eh? Ah well. Unless I run into the gal again some day, I suppose I'll never know what restaurant she was talking about.

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          There are chain restaurants that have opened (and at least one that has already closed) recently that do what you describe. Look up Hello Pasta and Nooi. In addition to various corner delis that do this sort of thing. Lamarca Cheese Shop might still do this, there is an old Yelp review mentioning it (the cheese shop not the restaurant).

          http://hellopasta.com/site/menus-prod...
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/nooi-pasta-to...

          1. re: kathryn

            La Marca did do that and that is exactly what I was thinking of earlier. It was serviceable, but if I hadn't worked nearby I'd never have gone there.... and when I left that job I didn't long for La Marca's food

            1. re: dyrewolf

              I longed for Lamarca after I moved out of that neighborhood, but mostly because of the price! It was pretty darn good for as cheap as it was.

      2. Two places come to mind...

        Caffe Buon Gusto

        http://www.caffebuongusto.net/menu.aspx

        And there was a place on Columbus Avenue called Puccini.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/405532