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Old 10-11-2012, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Why does every good Italian place have to have white table clothes and be so fancy? I'm just looking for a low key joint that makes their own pasta. I know a place up in Baltimore that is the best I've ever had, but I can't seem to find anything around here. And I know I can get stuff from The Italian Store in Arlington, but I don't want to do that. Any recommendations?

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Old 10-12-2012, 02:57 AM
 
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Fantastic, fantastic movie... though there is considerable food snobbiness/elitism throughout the film.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Fantastic, fantastic movie... though there is considerable food snobbiness/elitism throughout the film.
If I were updating the scene to today I'd show the Americans dipping their bread in olive oil.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:55 AM
 
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If I were updating the scene to today I'd show the Americans dipping their bread in olive oil.
Nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. There is no right way to eat bread. Eat however you like. All that matters is that you find it tasty. The rest is just posturing.

As much as I loved the movie (I very much identify with the purist, melancholic Primo), there is nothing wrong with having pasta with risotto... if you like it that way.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:56 AM
 
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I'm still waiting for a place that makes that perfect, house-made Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino. If someone would please recommend a place that makes that here, I would be much obliged.
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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OP i'd think you are secretly my husband, except for the fact that he does not know anything about this site He is half Italian and there is nothing he despises more than "nothern Italian" food on white table cloths, when all he wants is down home Italian cooking - spaghetti and meatballs kind of stuff.

Coming from metro NY, I know EXACTLY what you mean and what you are looking for. We went back "home" to Stamford, CT two weeks ago and went to our favorite Italian "dive" (John the Baker | ABOUT) and had the best Italian meal we have had since we moved to Virginia three years ago. I have been searching and have YET to find anything like it down here. When friends come to visit and they ask if we have any good Italian restaurants, we sadly say "no"... but thankfully I can cook a mean bolognese so when we want Italian, we eat in.

Just missing entirely from the NOVA experience I guess.
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. There is no right way to eat bread. Eat however you like. All that matters is that you find it tasty. The rest is just posturing.

As much as I loved the movie (I very much identify with the purist, melancholic Primo), there is nothing wrong with having pasta with risotto... if you like it that way.

You want to look like a culinary bama, be my guest.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:05 PM
 
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OP i'd think you are secretly my husband, except for the fact that he does not know anything about this site He is half Italian and there is nothing he despises more than "nothern Italian" food on white table cloths, when all he wants is down home Italian cooking - spaghetti and meatballs kind of stuff.

Coming from metro NY, I know EXACTLY what you mean and what you are looking for. We went back "home" to Stamford, CT two weeks ago and went to our favorite Italian "dive" (John the Baker | ABOUT) and had the best Italian meal we have had since we moved to Virginia three years ago. I have been searching and have YET to find anything like it down here. When friends come to visit and they ask if we have any good Italian restaurants, we sadly say "no"... but thankfully I can cook a mean bolognese so when we want Italian, we eat in.

Just missing entirely from the NOVA experience I guess.
Finally, someone gets me! Thanks for not labeling me as an elitist just because I want some decent food that's not covered in sparkles or sprinkles.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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Finally, someone gets me! Thanks for not labeling me as an elitist just because I want some decent food that's not covered in sparkles or sprinkles.
One doesn't generally associate spaghetti and meatballs with elitism.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:31 PM
 
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One doesn't generally associate spaghetti and meatballs with elitism.
Go do some research then, and find the best one for me.
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