6 Pasta Dishes We Can’t Stop Eating — or Dreaming About — Right Now

Carbonara at TVB by: Pax Romana

171 E Post Rd, White Plains; 914.831.3303

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The ultimate in stick-to-your-ribs simplicity, true carbonara is a smooth, creamy mix of eggs, guanciale, black pepper, and pecorino cheese. At Pax Romana, Chef Cristian Petitta is doing the iconic dish of his native Rome right, using fresh spaghetti from the restaurant’s pasta bar.


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Pappardelle al Ragù di Agnello at Café Alaia

66 Garth Rd, Scarsdale; 914.725.3000

Lamb ragù seems to have endless permutations at county restaurants as of late, but few rise to the level of the one at Café Alaia, where the sauce is so meltingly tender, rich, and comforting you won’t want to share.

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Garganelli with Fungi Trifolati at Tarry Lodge

18 Mill St, Port Chester; 914.939.3111

We’ve never met a pasta of Andy Nusser’s that we didn’t like, from pumpkin mezzalune in a brown-butter-sage sauce to the tagliatelle Bolognese and cavatelli with spicy sausage and broccoli rabe. But the sleeper hit is this garganelli with a silky sauce and earthy, sautéed mushrooms.


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Kobe Beef Ravioli at tredici NORTH

578 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase; 914.997.4113

Consider this the Rolls Royce of ravioli. At his glitzy Purchase restaurant, Chef Giuseppe Fanelli fills fresh pasta with a luxurious mix of braised Kobe beef, Italian fontina, caramelized onions and black truffles. As if that’s not decadent enough, it’s finished with a little brown-butter-thyme sauce.




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Maccheroni in Sunday Sauce at Maria

11 Huguenot St, New Rochelle; 914.636.0006

Though the menu is full of contemporary Italian twists, other dishes play tribute to the Italian-American cuisine of its eponym, brothers Giovanni and Peter Cucullo’s mother, Maria. One such traditional dish is the Sunday Sauce, a rich elixir of tomato, meatballs, sausage, and pork fat that, we’re happy to report, is served every day of the week.


Wood-Fired Baked Ziti at Fortina

17 Maple Ave, Armonk; 914.273.0900
136 S Ridge Rd, Rye Brook; 914.937.0900
1086 N Broadway, Yonkers; 914.358.3595

Yes, everyone loves the pizza, but the real stars of Chef Christian Petroni’s menu are the pastas. All of them are worth an order, but there’s nothing like the crispy, almost-burnt edges of the baked ziti, oozing with creamy ricotta.


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