Does anyone else think it's odd that a city with such Italian roots and, in fact, a true Italian neighborhood is so sadly bereft of good Italian restaurants that specialize in homemade pastas prepared in Southern Italian tradition? Is this city a shame to its Italian roots? And why? I've lived here for 8+ years and have yet to find one that comes close to the authentic southern Italian cooking I've had not only in Chicago (no big surprise), but in Des Moines, Iowa and Fort Collins, Colorado. Ecco came close, but of course it's gone.
My niece is coming to visit next month and she'll love walking around North Beach and will, inevitably, want to duck into one of those cheesy Columbus Ave. Italians and I'll have to explain that the food there is just simply awful. But then she'll be in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs, and I'll be at a loss. Help me save face. Where can I take her? Thanks.