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Reader: With Pagliacci's closing, are there any decent red-sauce joints left?

On August 19, Pagliacci's -- which has been owned by the same family since 1946 -- will serve its last bowl of minestrone. "It's been an awesome experience," says Mark Langston, whose mother bought the place from other relatives in 1977. "It's just time to move on."

A developer has bought the property, and plans to tear down Pagalicci's and replace it with apartments on the edge of LoHi. it's possible that the neon clown sign over the building will stay, but another red-sauce standby will be gone.

See also: - Slide show: Last supper at Pagliacci's

Says Brian:

Damn, are there any decent family-run Italian restaurants left? Valente's closed a few years ago, Gaetano's is out of action and will be rebooted, and now Pagliacci's will be gone. Garramone's is still around and I've eaten there since I was a kid, but the options for red-sauce joints are dwindling fast.

What's your favorite red-sauce option in the metro area? Post your faves below, or join the conversation already under way here.


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