What is Spaghetti alla Carbonara?
The first food that comes to mind when thinking about Rome is definitely carbonara. Carbonara is spaghetti topped with a creamy sauce made of pecorino cheese, raw eggs, black pepper and pieces of succulent pancetta or guanciale (pig’s cheek).
A true carbonara has no cream, and can be a little tricky to execute the traditional creamy yet not overly thick sauce, so make sure to find a restaurant that does it justice. Sometimes the dish is made with another type of pasta besides spaghetti, but any way you get it, it’s heavenly.
Best Spaghetti alla Carbonara in Rome
Roscioli is a deli, wine bar, and restaurant that is very popular among local foodies, so reservations are a must. This restaurant is slightly pricier than the traditional trattorias, but they offer very high quality fine cheeses, meats, local dishes and wines by the glass. Roscioli is also renowned for preparing one of the best versions carbonara and cacio e pepe.