The Northern Italian city of Bologna ranks as one of the world's culinary capitals. It was there that the rich meat sauce known as ragu Bolognese was born a few centuries ago.
The sauce is made with finely chopped vegetables as well as beef or pork plus tomatoes and is usually lightened with a little cream. In Italy, it's most commonly served over a flat ribbon pasta like tagliatelle.
Here are three Long Island restaurants whose pasta Bolognese are worthy of your fork:
At this convivial pizza-pasta spot, the flavor-intense Bolognese sauce is enriched with cream and served over rigatoni.
, PASQUALE'S PIZZA & PASTA CAFE Bellmore
Although the robust Bolognese sauce at this informal spot is usually served over penne, you can get it over gnocchi, the tender semolina dumplings.
LA CAPANNINA RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA , Holtsville
This Italian spot near a multiplex theater offers a savory, creamy ground beef and marinara sauce over penne.