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Getting fresh with pasta

Few restaurants actually make their own pasta. Often, what's billed as "homemade" is brought in. No shame in that.

Keep in mind that fresh pasta is not necessarily better than dried, which, overall, tends to be more reliable. Still, well-crafted noodles carefully cooked al dente have a homestyle appeal all their own. Here are some places whose fresh pasta has proved worthy. 

 

Mascali

The fresh noodles at this casual Italian spot are made nearby. Cheese ravioli pairs well with a lively tomato sauce. Try the gnocchi Bolognese, light semolina dumplings in a hearty tomato-meat sauce. 277A Larkfield Rd., East Northport, 631-757-2404 $$ 

 

Pasta-Eria 

Much of the "homemade" pasta at this popular strip-mall spot is made off premises. Fresh rigatoni alla mama is topped with tomato sauce, meatballs and ricotta. Cavatelli pesto rosso involves small rolled pasta pieces with San Marzano tomatoes, basil pesto, mushrooms and grated cheese. 440 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville, 516-938-1555 $$ 

 

Caruso's 

Chef Wayne Wadington's pappardelle is served with a spicy sausage ragu and oven-roasted littleneck clams. Gnocchi, ravioli and agnolotti also are house-made. 41 Broadway, Rocky Point, 631-744-1117, carusosrestaurant.com $$

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