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Authentic Lasagna

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While I appreciate (and love) an Italian-American-style lasagna with a sweet tomato sauce and loads of mozzarella (my current favorite is Jimbo's "Italian" restaurant version in Blaine (OK, let's all be honest, and no offense to those of you who live in Blaine, but a restaurant named "Jimbo's Italian Restaurant" could only be in a suburb such as Blaine).

At any rate, it is quite tasty and much better than Cossetta's or even D'amico's.

Anyway, I attempted to make the real thing at home tonight, and despite the so-called "authentic" recipe, it turned out flat. Authentic lasagna supposedly contains a layering of meat sauce (ragu), bechamel sauce (thickened milk), lasagna noodles, and fresh mozz. The ragu called for canned tomatoes and was so sour I'll have heartburn into next week. The bechamel sauce did nothing to the dish other than adding additional fat and calories. It honestly tasted like a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli but with lasagna noodles. This was disappointing considering the recipe was from Mario Batalli.

So where is the best place in town to get authentic lasagna so I can see what the real deal tastes like?

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  1. "Authentic" just isn't as boldly flavored as Italian-American red sauce types. Bolognese is fairly delicate and most "authentic" recipes won't even have you brown the meat much.

    Eat whatever tastes good to you, don't spend time worrying about authenticity.

    edit: Hank Shaw's recipe is my go to for lasagna, though typically w/o the game as I am not a hunter.

    1. Personally I like Amore Victoria in Uptown for lasagna and meatballs. http://amorevictoria.com

      1. I write this at the risk of the mods removing it, since it's going to be about home cooking, but my lasagna recipe with bolognese and bechamel uses parmesan, not fresh mozzarella, and I think that might make all the difference in flavor. It's the Smitten Kitchen one, if you're looking for a new recipe to try.