Best Lasagna - 2007
Eating lasagna at Patrenella's is like eating lasagna at the home of a kind Italian family. Wait a minute – that's exactly what this is. Sammy Patrenella welcomes guests to his home in the Heights, which his father built in 1938 and where the family has lived ever since. He's expanded it a few times, but patrons get to eat in what used to be either his living room or dining room, depending on where they sit. And the lasagna – wow! Many lasagnas skimp on the thin slices of pasta and pile on thick layers of sauce instead. It's easier for the cook and demands far less work, but it's nowhere near as good. Here, there are at least ten layers of pasta, each covered with homemade meat sauce, ricotta and Parmesan cheeses and topped off with slices of mozzarella, which have blistered under the broiler.