5 Italian restaurants that make fresh pasta
1) Via Emilia 9
A woman sits at the window of this market-restaurant dedicated to Emilia- Romagna, but not for the view. The light helps her to see as she hand-rolls, stuffs and molds tortellini, ravioli, cappellacci and fazzoletti for Chef Wendy Cacciatori to cook, sauce and serve.
2) Ristorante Fratelli Milano
Twin brothers and chefs Roberto and Emanuele Bearzi made this eatery a destination long before downtown was revived. Their success is due, in part, to Emanuele’s facility with dough, resulting in dishes as dainty as Fettuccine allo Scoglio (with seafood) and as filling as Bucatini San Babila (with Italian sausage and broccoli).
3) Osteria Vecchio Piemonte
This white table-cloth restaurant offers sophisticated, housemade stuffed pastas such as agnolotti in braised beef sauce as well as ravioli with ricotta, pumpkin and amaretti cookies in butter-sage sauce. Given the skill level, polite service and plate arrangements, prices are surprisingly reasonable.
4) Café Prima Pasta
Every regular has a favorite at this restaurant, operated by the Cea family since 1993. But some items stand out for all, such as the Crab Raviolotti in lobster sauce, the Pappardelle Osso Buco with spinach and mozzarella, and the Fiochi Rapera, stuffed with cheese and pear, then topped with roasted prosciutto and truffle sauce.
5) Salumeria 104
Technically a shop and trattoria for cured meats and cheeses, this Midtown eatery also serves terrific pastas – especially if you factor in those meats and cheeses. Housemade gnocchi with Parmigiano-Reggiano and prosciutto, for example, or Ravioli San Daniele with prosciutto, peas and cream sauce are ideal follow-ups to a selection of salumi.
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