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Friday, June 1, 2012

Rome: Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe
Via Giuseppe Avezzana, 11
06 3217268

When traveling to a city that draws in millions of tourists each year, it’s imperative to find where the locals eat for the best quality food. We were recommended by Roman natives to visit one restaurant in particular. In the Prati district, Cacio e Pepe serves some of the best pasta in Rome to the locals. It’s off the beaten path a bit from the historical center, so you can rest assured that the food is fresh not frozen, and there will be more locals than tourists. 

There is outdoor seating, but the night is chilly so we choose to sit inside. I like the glass divider between our table and a portion of the kitchen so I can watch the preparation. We order a liter of red wine, and a few pasta dishes. Their signature dish of cacio e pepe, meaning cheese and pepper, was cooked al dente and loaded with cheese. The carbonara was also fantastic, with thick chunks of pancetta and another heavy dose of cheese. A good carbonara shouldn’t look like it was tossed in a heavy cream sauce. Their simple menu was anything but that, and they successfully showed us how Rome’s beloved pasta dishes are supposed to taste. 
House red
Cacio e Pepe
Carbonara

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