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gildeddawn Jan 28, 2014 06:36 PM

So, my husband and I have attempted to go to Broder's multiple times, and been put off by the astronomical wait. That said, I think we're going to make another attempt on Sunday, and we're hoping, what with the Superbowl and all, that it won't be crowded. Anyway, what dishes would you recommend to someone who hasn't been?

Appetizers and mains - or anything else remarkable, really (or to be avoided, for that matter). Neither of us are terribly fond of seafood or bell peppers.

My husband loves carbonara, also, so I'd be interested to hear if anyone has opinions on theirs.

I see on their menu they've got a pasta with chicken, greens, prosciutto, asparagus, almonds, mascarpone, and balsamic - has anyone had it? It sounds delicious, but I once had a similar dish elsewhere that was really heavy on the balsamic, and it was all I could taste, so I'm little wary of it.

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  1. MplsM ary RE: gildeddawn Jan 28, 2014 08:06 PM

    Been a while since I was there but I will say one thing - if either one of you gets the Caesar salad, you both need to eat it, since garlic breath is inevitable. Very garlicky (which I love).

    1. BigSal RE: gildeddawn Jan 29, 2014 04:38 AM

      My husband's favorite is tagliarini di Locanda del Lupo. Fresh pasta with a trufffle pesto and cream. Rich and addictive. My go to is linguine con vongole (linguine with clams), but I always make sure to have a bite of my husband's dish.

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        Foureyes137 RE: BigSal Jan 29, 2014 06:46 AM

        This, this, a millions times this: tagliarini di Locanda del Lupo.

        I feel guilty as hell after eating it, but it's worth it.

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          eajohnso2000 RE: Foureyes137 Jan 29, 2014 09:17 AM

          +1 on the tagliarini. My husband gets that every time we go and I usually get the other dish he wanted to try but fears doing so because it won't be as good as the tagliarini.

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            meljohns RE: eajohnso2000 Jan 29, 2014 10:54 AM

            That's exactly what my husband does!

      2. Jordan RE: gildeddawn Jan 29, 2014 04:48 AM

        Your best bet is to arrive early (around 5) or late, to avoid the wait. You also might consider going during warmer weather, when the patio is open, and you can have a nibble and drink there while waiting.

        The salads (or vegetable compositions, like the panzanella) are usually excellent.

        My favorites include the wild boar fettuccine, tagliarini (extremely rich!), and the spaghetti with trout (when they have it). Two of their simplest but best dishes are the penne rosa and the fettuccine alla Bolognese. It may be the best Bolognese I've ever had.

        My wife has had the pasta with chicken you mention -- she really enjoys it. Broder's does a very good job of balancing a lot of ingredients in one pasta dish.

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          SmartCookie RE: gildeddawn Jan 29, 2014 06:24 AM

          The pasta you mention is their #1 signature dish and is a wonderful combination of differing tastes and textures. I've had it many times and never felt it was overly tart.

          Also, I think your idea of going during the Superbowl is perfect to avoid a long wait time.

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            meljohns RE: gildeddawn Jan 29, 2014 08:42 AM

            I'll 4th or 5th the tagliarini- my husband orders it every time we go, to the point where the waitstaff doesn't ask anymore.
            I love the carbonara, I get it about half the time; the other thing I like is the bucatini.
            You can call ahead and get your name on the list. It doesn't dramatically cut down your wait time if it's really busy but it does get you up on the list a bit.

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              gildeddawn RE: gildeddawn Jan 29, 2014 12:34 PM

              Thanks, guys! So thorough! I had my eye on the tagliarini, too, so the glowing reviews are nice to hear.

              I'll report back if our Superbowl plan is successful.

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                gildeddawn RE: gildeddawn Feb 2, 2014 06:09 PM

                Our plan was a success - we went tonight and there was no wait at all. I had the quadrucci con pollo - the one with greens, mascarpone, balsamic, etc., and my husband had the fettuccine con cinghiale - winter special with wild boar, kale, and pine nuts.

                You guys. They were both absolutely fantastic. The quadrucci was fresh and light and also rich and flavorful, and the texture of the sliced almonds added the perfect crunch. Just the right amount of acid from the balsamic, too. The fettuccine had a beautiful mascarpone-enriched tomato sauce, and the wild boar was tender and meaty - just great.

                Plus attentive, polite service and lovely atmosphere. Nothing more we could ask for, really.

                In a way, it's a shame we know how great it is now, also knowing the usual wait times. It'll be our new Superbowl tradition, but I don't think I can wait that long to try the tagliarini.

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                  Jordan RE: gildeddawn Feb 3, 2014 04:43 AM

                  Funny -- I was there with my family on Friday, and we had the same pastas!

                  If you can go early (before 6) or late, you shouldn't have much of a wait to deal with.

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