Side by side blind taste test. Four judges. Malatesta vs. Da Andrea vs. (the inexpensive take out) Pepe Verde to Go.
On the gnocci gorgonzola , Malatesta served firm but great spinach gnocci with a nice sauce, Da Andrea served lumpy mashed potatoes. [A+ vs. F]
On the Bolognese, Malatesta served a better noodle and stronger sauce than Da Andrea. One judge preferred even Pepe Verde to Da Andrea. (Pepe Verde serves Bolognese with spaghetti...bit runny (like a cafeteria) but good flavor.) [A- vs. B- vs. C+]
Pepe Verde's Penne in tomato sauce rivals airport cafeterias for precooked/reheated gumminess. Almost inedible. [F]
Pepe Verde is not that much cheaper than take out from Malatesta. (You spend your money on the apps, water, entrees, coffee, dessert, tip, etc.) So do take-out from Malatesta. And the wait at Da Andrea is GREATER than the wait at Malatesta. So eat in at Malatesta.
(If you really want great Bolognese in the neighborhood, go to Palma, the winner against Po in last week's Italian food challenge.)