Working in the travel industry, I have an opportunity and obligation to see the world. Though most of my travels last only a day or two at a time, I manage to swig an espresso (or three) and get on with the party. Follow me as I shamelessly devour the foods of the land, (over)indulge in the local beer and wine, and discover new cities with old friends.
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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.