What is Cacio e Pepe?
Cacio e pepe is a very simple dish that is amazingly flavorful, made from only spaghetti, Pecorino Romano cheese (cacio), and lots of freshly ground black pepper (pepe). Despite how the dish tastes, cacio and pepe does not contain any oil, butter, or cream. The leftover pasta water is mixed into the hot pasta, melting the cheese while the starches in the water help the pepper and cheese stick to the pasta creating a delicious creamy sauce.
Cacio e pepe is one of the most ancient dishes of the Italian cuisine that dates back to the times of the Roman Empire. Coming to Rome without tasting this specialty is like coming to Rome without visiting the Colosseum.
Best Cacio e Pepe in Rome
Felice a Testaccio
Felice a Testaccio is one of the most famous old-school restaurants serving classic Roman dishes since 1936. It is a local favorite for its hearty dishes at a reasonable price. This is a restaurant you will want to book well ahead of time.