Thanksgiving found me thankfully dining home alone with an order of Queen's Pasta's (66 Newcastle, at Royal York, 416-259-2902) tasty cranberry ravioli stuffed with minced turkey and sage ($10.99/kilo), ladled with smoky vodka sauce ($3.99 small/$6.99 large). I'd picked the fixings up earlier that weekend at the popular Bloor West and Queensway pasta purveyor's noodle factory in low-rent Mimico.You've no doubt seen the company's vans delivering to one of several downtown restaurants that all claim to make their pasta in-house. At least One of a Kind on Queen West acknowledges the source.
Besides Queen's first-rate fettuccini and linguine ($5.99/kilo), there's stuffed noodles like shiitake agnolotti ($17.99/kilo), creamy squash bauletti ($12.99/kilo) and spinach ravioli ($8.99/kilo). Sauces include plain tomato, ground meat, buttery Alfredo and pink rose ($2.59 to $3.69/$4.99 to $6.69). Remember to add the piquant marinara sauce to Queen's two-portion frozen lasagna ($8) before popping it into the oven, otherwise the unbaked pasta will burn. Now they tell me.
Queen's Pasta is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 4 pm, and closed Sunday and holidays.