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