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Best Spaghetti al Pomodoro

  • Ribalta

    48 E. 12th St., nr. Broadway; 212-777-7781

    When Scott Conant unleashed his butter-enhanced “spaghetti, tomato, basil” a few years ago, it was as if no one had ever tasted that toddler-friendly warhorse before. No one did not love it. No one except Ribalta’s Rosario Procino and Pasquale Cozzolino, two native Neapolitans with an ax to grind. Their argument: Butter and tomatoes go together like Mountain Dew and old Scotch. Their solution: a purist rendition spotlighting a variety of preserved cherry tomato of such spectacular flavor that San Marzanos cower in its presence. It’s like tasting the dish for the first time all over again.

From the 2015 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine