I was driving down Harlem on Saturday looking for tiles for my bathroom and saw a sign that said "Pasta Fresh." Eager for a distraction, I went over to see what it was like. It's a small shop connected to an Italian grocery store. In front is a display case with containing every pasta known to man. There was a sign on the wall that said "spaghetti and meatballs, here or to go" and since it was lunch, we decided to eat some there. It took quite a long while for it to be prepared, but while we waited, we watched customers come and go, and visited with the owner, Anthony Bartucci. One lady said she drove 40 miles to come get pasta there and bought about 4 bags of stuff, so we started getting excited that it might be really good. And let me tell you - it was GREAT!
They served us outside on one of two tables outside the store. The pasta was cooked al dente covered with a wonderful red sauce and served with one giant meatball. I really can't describe how good it was. Simply the best I'd ever had. The price was a little steep for lunch - $8.99 - but it was worth it.
As we were leaving, I told Anthony how much I enjoyed it. We bought some mushroom ravioli and spinach gnocci and Anthony just gave us some angel hair pasta, which was very generous. All of it was delicious, too.
They have calzones, panzerotti, aranini, and pasta salads in addition to all their fresh pastas. They also have full and half sizes of lasagna and manicotti that are ready to be heated and served.
I can't recommend enough people checking this place out.
Pasta Fresh, "Piazza Italia"
3418 N. Harlem Ave.
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