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Cacio e Pepe - recent experiences?

TMWeddlle Oct 3, 2007 04:05 PM

We were thinking about going to Cacio e Pepe next week - have heard mixed reviews - has anyone been there recently? Thank you!

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    racer x Oct 28, 2007 06:26 PM

    Ate there a couple of weeks ago. The arugula and apple salad was very good. One of our party had the tonnarelli cacio e pepe, which was delicious (and which I wish I'd ordered myself). However, the polenta that came in the salsiccia in umido con polenta was the soupiest polenta I've ever had. (Not sure whether it was undercooked or just couldn't stand up to the liquid of the sauce.)
    The server made us feel very welcome, but it took what seemed to be an unusually long time for some of our dishes to arrive, considering that it was a weeknight and only about half the tables were occupied.

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      famedalupo Oct 29, 2007 06:57 PM

      Ha, I will say that in terms of authenticity, the wait staff is the real deal. Somewhat erratic service, waiters barking at each other and the cook in Italian (sometimes across the room) .. I find it part of the place's charm rather than a turn-off. Reminds me of more than a few restaurants in Italy.

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      famedalupo Oct 27, 2007 12:05 PM

      Have eaten there three times over the course of the last two years, and each time it was excellent. My favorites are the the arugula and apple salad; the paccheri w/ ragu, blueberries, and porcini; and the poached pear dessert. I liked the cacio e pepe very much, if you want simple. The gnocchi with ragu di cinghiale was good. The amatriciana was decent, but that's something I can make well at home so it didn't blow me away.

      1. DarthEater Oct 5, 2007 04:10 PM

        I think its a good neighborhood spot but not destination.

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          Sugar Oct 5, 2007 07:23 AM

          Was there this past weekend for the second time. It's a nice spot for sure...I had the gnocchi with rabbit which was tasty. I've also had the signature Cacio e Pepe pasta -- good stuff.

          The tomato and mozzarella app is nothing special.

          Overall a pretty solid restaurant, definitely matches up with many of the EV Italian places.

          1. funkymonkey Oct 4, 2007 11:46 AM

            we've had a couple of very nice meals there. service can be a little scattered, but not too bad. and the pastas are pretty damn tasty.

            funkymonkey
            thebestbite.blogspot.com

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              Lucia Oct 3, 2007 04:06 PM

              I went most recently this summer and think it's still solid.

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                psawce Oct 4, 2007 10:11 AM

                had a problem with service there recently.

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