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Looking for joints with consistently al-dente pasta...

westsider Aug 23, 2003 01:09 AM

Any one know where I can consistently find al-dente pasta?

Had it a few times on the dining train from Milano to Venizia and can never forget it. It was definitely sundried variety noodle, perfectly al-dente in texture, and looked almost translucent beneath the very light coating of fresh tomato sauce. The chef toss the pasta and served right at the table.

I was never able to find anything remotely close in Toronto. Most of the "home-made" variety at the modern eateries are inconsistent, often mushy, and they seem to focus on strongly flavoured creamed or fancy/spicy sauce - masking the inferior preparation and pro-longing the pot-to-kitchen-to-waiter-to-stomach time.

Brunello's around Yonge and Sheppard area, from way back, came close... before they had the dispute and the chef went back to Italy :-(

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    tania RE: westsider Aug 24, 2003 07:28 PM

    I stayed in Italy for 3 months recently and I too, miss the authetic Italian food (as opposed to Italian-style food that are passed off as such.)

    I have been apprehensive to visit an Italian place since coming back, but when I ventured to La Fenice, I was satisfied. Had the spaghetti gaeta and a veal entree. Their wine list is quite comprehensive as well.

    Buon appetito.

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      Vincero RE: westsider Aug 26, 2003 08:59 AM

      Lots of places here serve al dente pasta.

      Try Coppi on Yonge St. just north of Lawrence

      Also, Mistura on Davenport at Avenue Rd.

      Both owners/chefs of those restaurant regularly travel to Italy and know authentic Italian food.

      Give it a try and let us know.

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