If you are craving house-made pasta at home and don’t have time to trek across the city to eat at Cotogna, Barzotto or Locanda--to name just a few--consider popping into The Italian Homemade Company shop. In addition to their North Beach location at 716 Columbus Avenue they have now opened a second outpost at 1919 Union Street, offering a daily selection of fresh pastas and raviolis to go, sauces and Italian dry goods.
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You can also opt to dine in and they do offer a selection of wine and beer. Think of it like a "tavola calda" in Italy, essentially a small grocery store or market that also offers a rotating selection of daily specials cooked on the premises. If you call with at least 24 hours notice you can usually special-order items such as rabbit & pork agnolotti. The Italian Homemade Company is open Tuesday through Sunday.
James is a food writer and Bay Area chef who owns and runs a private dinner party and cooking class business specializing in regional Italian and Spanish cuisine. See CookWithJames.com