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Feb 2, 2014 07:18 PM

Sea urchin pasta

Spaghetti ai ricci, is it available in Philly?

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  1. Positano Coast has it on their menu. I have not been to this restaurant. FYI, Tocqueville in NYC has this as one of their signature dishes: it's excellent and unique.

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    1. re: Kurtis

      I went to Positano Coast years ago. Pretty sure they didn't have the sea urchin pasta then (or at least I didn't order it). My recollection is the restaurant is pretty but the food wasn't memorable.

      I don't know how you found out that they have sea urchin pasta (but I'm impressed that you found it in a restaurant you've never been to). However, I don't envision going back there just for that dish (but who knows).

      I've had sea urchin pasta in several cities/countries. I'm looking to see who else around DC has it so I can plan my roadtrips.

      1. re: Worldwide Diner

        It's the obsessive "armchair dining" that leads me here and everywhere...

        (There are a dozen or so places in Manhattan that serve one version or another of this in case you are heading that way)

        1. re: Worldwide Diner

          My SO and I had the sea urchin & squid ink pasta at Positano Coast last week. Never had the dish anywhere else before so I can't compare to others. But judging it on its own, it was delicious.

      2. I had it at Paradiso on Passyunk last year. It may have been a special, but it was delicious.

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        1. re: lbmsw

          You might have some luck getting it at Paradiso if you call ahead and ask. They also own Izumi (the Japanese/sushi place down the street) so I'd bet they might have sea urchin on hand there.

          1. re: Philly Ray

            Between Paradiso and Positano Coast, which one has more "authentic" Italian cooking?

        2. Sapori Trattoria in Collingswood just posted a picture of Spaghetti with sea urchin served in its own shell on their Facebook page:

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          1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

            Looks good. I saw uni carbonara on Motimoto's menu but my friend prefers Serpico. I've gotta go try the uni carbonara some time.

          2. UPDATE: We were at Paradiso last night and I was told that sea urchin pasta may be showing up on the "specials" menu on Fridays during the Lenten season (the next month and a half or so).

            1. There's a riff on the menu at the upcoming Petruce et al. at 1121 Walnut St. Spaghetti with sepia, sea urchin, and preserved orange.