Famiglia Bal­das­sarre

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Does Bal­das­sarre even count as a restau­rant? (If there are two dozen peo­ple queued up out front four days of the week at lunchtime, does it re­ally mat­ter?) Pas­taiolo Le­an­dro Bal­das­sarre sup­plies some of the finest kitchens in town with fresh noo­dles, but you can cut out the mid­dle­man at a mar­ble lunch counter just in­side his Geary Av­enue fa­cil­ity, where he’ll fill a take­out con­tainer with tagli­atelle and house­made ragu, sunny spinach and ri­cotta ravi­oli, duck cap­pel­lacci, and any num­ber of other daily de­lights for only $12. Screw can­dle­light and a bot­tle of wine – be­tween the top-flight qual­ity and se­cret-club­house at­mos­phere, this might be one of the most mem­o­rable Ital­ian din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in town. 122 Geary, at West­more­land, 647-293-5395, famigli­a­bal­das­sarre.com

Ravi­oli with spinach and ri­cotta at Famiglia Bal­das­sarre.

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