Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

The best place for Cacio and pepe in Rome?

Notices

The best place for Cacio and pepe in Rome?

Old Feb 28th, 2019, 01:14 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 6
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The best place for Cacio and pepe in Rome?

Hello, I'm on the lookout for the best place in Rome for Cacio and pepe. I'll be visiting Rome this summer so I really want to try the very best one.

I noticed that Tripadvisor recommends the Cacio e Pepe restaurant (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaura...ome_Lazio.html), but I see that it has a 3.5 average grade, so I'm not fully convinced... The alternative is Felice a Testaccio (https://www.tasteatlas.com/FeliceATestaccio), a restaurant that this website Taste Atlas has as its top pick for Cacio e pepe...

I'd really appreciate any firsthand experiences or suggestions for the best place for Cacio and pepe. Also, if you have suggestions for other top places in Rome for traditional cuisine, I'd love to hear that too!
euro_swallow is offline  
Old Feb 28th, 2019, 01:24 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 10
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Da Felice in Testaccio is the most famous old-school restaurant for cacio e pepe. Serving up classic Roman dishes since 1936, it’s an institution in the city and beloved by locals for its hearty, honest fare. Actor Roberto Benigni was a fan of Felice, the restaurant’s original owner, and is just one of the restaurant’s well-known patrons. The draw of the cacio e pepe here is that the waiter whips up this dish in front of you, tossing the pasta at your plate with an adept hand ensuring the ingredients are combined to perfection.
mekatebrown2 is offline  
Old Mar 10th, 2019, 10:28 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 4,301
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I think you try it everyday some place new and make the decision on what it best. I use this strategy in Paris for pain au chocolat . I love cacio e pepe. Good luck with the search!
denisea is offline  
Old Mar 10th, 2019, 12:16 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 9,246
Likes: 0
Received 21 Likes on 2 Posts
This website (An American In Rome) gives you a lot of choices to choose from.

https://anamericaninrome.com/wp/2016...-pepe-in-rome/

maitaitom is offline  
Old Mar 11th, 2019, 04:35 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 4,301
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Wow maitaitom..great link. Now I need to get to Rome!
denisea is offline  
Old Mar 11th, 2019, 04:38 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 7,853
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 1 Post
In the interim, come to NYC. Maiolino makes it as well as I've ever had in Rome.
Fra_Diavolo is offline  
Old Mar 12th, 2019, 12:14 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 2,555
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by denisea View Post
I think you try it everyday some place new and make the decision on what it best. I use this strategy in Paris for pain au chocolat . I love cacio e pepe. Good luck with the search!
if you are ever in Hawaii, let me know, there is a great place for Cacio e Pepe in a tropical setting.
cafegoddess is offline  
Old Mar 12th, 2019, 08:41 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 4,301
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I agree FraDiavolo - I try to get to Maiolino on every NYC visit. The cacio e pepe and their crispy pork are both fantastic.

Cafegoddess - we were in Maui last year. Cacio e pepe in Hawaii would be an interesting choice!
denisea is offline  
Old Mar 12th, 2019, 04:32 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 7,248
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
This kind of question is really impossible to answer. First, everyone has different tastes, so what's best for one person is not the best for another.

But the big problem is that no one has ordered pasta al cacio e pepe at enough places to be able to judge the best. The most anyone can say is, "Of the two or three places where I've had pasta al cacio e pepe, I preferred this one."

It's not an elaborate dish, although it requires some care in the preparation. It's one of those things you could very well make at home.
bvlenci is offline  
Old Mar 12th, 2019, 10:38 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 231
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I might have answered you on another forum, but in case that was not you, here is my answer again:
I think the following three venues will give a good cacio e pepe overview (with different styles and focus): Cesare al Casaletto (perfect technique, wet style); Flavio (perfect technique, shepherd/dry style); Roscioli (perfect ingredient quality).
(there are those of us whose passion and work is food and we study the history and the making of a dish and also research its current iterations and have considered it in countless places and actually eaten it in around fifty and can give very informed opinions.)
vinoroma is offline  
Old Mar 13th, 2019, 01:45 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 7,248
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
there are those of us whose passion and work is food and we study the history and the making of a dish and also research its current iterations and have considered it in countless places and actually eaten it in around fifty and can give very informed opinions.)
I didn't mean to include you in my answer, Vinoroma! I know you can give an informed opinion.
bvlenci is offline  
Old Mar 21st, 2019, 04:55 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 22
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
While I am no expert (Carbonara is my pasta dish of choice!), I have to recommend Flavio la Velavevodetto in Testaccio for Cacio e Pepe. I had read so many glowing reviews about this restaurant's version of the dish I decided to branch out and try it. I have to say it was phenomenal! Such a simple dish, but so easy to mess up. Other times I had tried it I was very underwhelmed, but I will go back to Velavevodetto just to have it again!
sherlyn72 is offline  
Old Mar 21st, 2019, 06:48 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 2,317
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We did a short stay in the Testaccio area years ago to gorge for a few days, and one of our tasting goals was cacio e pepe .

Flavio at Valavevodetto was our final stop on a food tour, and while we liked their cacio e pepe and almost everything else there, we preferred our cacio e pepe at Perilli (via Marmorata, 39).

We had high hopes for La Villetta, but our entire service there was disastrous.

FYI, here is the trip report--ROME: A SHORT, BUT CALORICALLY GIGANTIC, STAY IN AVENTINO AND TESTACCIO
AlessandraZoe is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
mikster
Europe
5
Jul 14th, 2017 06:50 AM
wrenwood
Europe
13
Feb 15th, 2015 11:04 AM
TunaTaco
Europe
13
Jul 28th, 2006 12:53 PM
Oldmyst
Europe
25
Feb 22nd, 2006 11:27 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information