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Carbone has been a destination in New York since it opened in 2013, attracting both natives and tourists prepared to shell out $32 on picture-perfect pasta. 

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Growing up in a Sicilian household, I have always known Pasta Sundays to be a huge family affair. Some of my earliest memories are of my mother and I starting the succo (sauce to Sicilians) at 10 a.m. so that the meatballs could marinate for six full hours, resulting in a deliciously moist side dish (but that recipe is for another time). My grandma would always bring—and burn—the garlic bread, and my growing family of 15 would sit around the dinner table with a glass of vino and good conversation for hours.