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Sep 6, 2013 06:37 PM

Best vongole pasta in Tokyo?

'Best' is subjective, but would be great to hear which ones you most enjoyed, be it bianco or rosso (but no cream please!)

Searched the board & saw Charlesyu's rec for (chain restaurant?) La Boheme, any particular location?

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  1. Forget La Boheme. Probably some place like La Bisboccia, or even Elio Locanda.

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    1. re: Uncle Yabai

      Ha, good to know, thanks v much! Will check out La Bisboccia (probably not Elio Locanda as no vongole according to their website), and likely also La Brianza (perhaps the trattoria, hope that's as good as their main place).

      And since we'll be in Ebisu, maybe we can squeeze in some tapas before / after La Bisboccia...

      1. re: RipCurl

        La Brianza would be another option. Or Piccolo Grande.

        1. re: Uncle Yabai

          Ok got that, will check out Piccolo Grande's details. Which of the three is your personal favourite for pasta?

          Btw thanks for responding to a somewhat random-sounding query (relative to the usual posts on the Japan board at any rate).

    2. Ebisu? Que? I always thought LB was decent for lunch if you order the omori but yeah it's not in the class of those other places. Uncle Tom had a pasta with seafood at one time me recalls. How about Eataly up the hill in DKY, but always thought that place was a bit overrated. Always Spaghetti Dan in Meguro if you fancy a short walk, he always had 100 different pasta types on the menu. Sorry I went downmarket there. Lanterna Magica?

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      1. re: kamiosaki

        Am I right in assuming LB = La Brianza & not La Bisboccia? (Ebisu as that's where the latter is located & we can squeeze in tapas w/ less travelling around, not because we have a burning desire to go there otherwise)

        ActualIy I was curious about La Brianza principally because (1) their Tabelog entry has a rather nicely taken picture of vongole pasta right up front (2) it was mentioned in a previous post about Japanese Italian restaurants as a place to go. But if it's not as good as the other places (by which you mean the ones that U. Yabai has mentioned, or the ones in your post?) then I might skip that

        1. re: RipCurl

          My assumption was LB = La Boheme as that is the only one in a different class from the others.

          1. re: killersmile

            Elio is also in a different class from the others....

            1. re: Robb S

              Elio is probably the very nicest Italian restaurant I have ever been to in Tokyo.

                1. re: Uncle Yabai

                  I'm not Robb, but I believe Elio is different in a good way.

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    Don't get me wrong, I like Elio, but the fawning OL business model gives me the shpilkes.

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      To be fair, the food at Elio is generally pretty decent, it's just outlandishly overpriced considering the choice of great Italian restaurants at a similar or lower price level.

                      Also the last time I went there I had to sit through the Happy Birthday song being sung at four different tables.

              1. re: RipCurl

                Never went to La Brianza so can't say. And sorry LB = La Boheme.

            2. Following up on my earlier query - plans changed unexpectedly and I only managed to make it to La Brianza for lunch. Seems like it's particularly popular with ladies who lunch. Definitely a good value lunch overall, some average items and some v good (pictures below, being well-stewed tripe, giant tender asparagus - note regular-sized fork for scale, main - note chunk of fat).

              Ironically, the vongole wasn't any good. La Bisboccia next time perhaps..

              1. Elio is a great Southern Italian red sauce type restaurant. It is real European quality for what most Americans feel are "Italian' dishes and they are just that- real Italian dishes from the Southern areas.....If you are not on expenses, make sure to order off the menu because if the super friendly Roberto comes up to you, recites the possibilities and then you let him take it from there, you are talking 15,000 to 20,000 yen for dinner. Off the menu you can get away with about 5000 + alcohol.