Hello all, longtime lurker, first time (as far as I can remember) poster.
I've been on a bit of a diet lately, namely, I've greatly reduced my consumption of grains, starches and sugars. I've made a lot of progress, and am happily eating lots of meats, seafood, eggs, dairy, veggies, fruit and nuts. BUT. As easy and tasty as my diet has been, I have always been a pasta fiend. Killing a whole one pound box of spaghetti with butter, grated cheese and tomato concentrate was one of my favorite dinners. I haven't had pasta in two months now!!! I'm planning to go on a celebratory pasta binge. I deserve it. Which restos are the best? Is Babbo still good or are they coasting on their reputation and a never ending flow of tourists? Is Del Posto better? What about Michael White's restaurants? I ate at Marea and had the 12 course crudo/pasta tasting and was underwhelmed. So I'd like to rule Marea out. I'm curious about Scarpetta, but I'm a bit skeptical at the same time. Il Mulino has good press. And Sifton's review of Novitá made the pastas sound like they were worth the detour. My plan is to sit down and eat at least six courses of pasta. So I would prefer a place that would have a tasting menu structure in place, or would be amenable to my request of such. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thank you!