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Best Pasta Carbonara in Rome

Random987 Jan 13, 2009 08:08 PM

I'm heading back to Rome in May. Last time I was in Rome, I fell in love with Pasta Carbonara. This time, I was to share the love with my wife. Where is a great place to get a consistent and wonderful pasta carbonara ? We are staying at the Westin Excelsior if that helps.


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    DavidT RE: Random987 Jan 14, 2009 10:06 AM

    You could certainly try La Carbonara in Campo d'Fiori.


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      jen kalb RE: DavidT Jan 14, 2009 10:51 AM

      we had excellent carbonara and/or alla gricia at Armando al Pantheon , Osteria Nerone and Sora Margherita among other on our last visit to Rome but there are lots of good versions.

      this thread from last year offers some suggestions on this topic


      1. re: jen kalb
        vidanto RE: jen kalb Jan 16, 2009 07:46 AM

        In my opinion the best carbonara in Roma is AL GRAPPOLO D'ORO. The area is not the best, really, as it is not far from the main railway station, close enough, anyway to Porta Pia. I am going to Rome next monday and obviously I will not miss their carbonara.
        Look at its website: www.algrappolodoro.it

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          GeraldI RE: jen kalb Apr 27, 2009 11:13 AM

          I agree. Armando is king of carbonara--but if they have their special pasta with fresh asparagus and wild strawberries.....OH MY! And make sure you order the homemade torta for dessert

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          edible complex RE: DavidT Jan 19, 2009 07:27 AM

          went twice my last visit, the antipasti table is a great start and the carbonara is excellent.
          go early to walk thru the market first. great spices to pack for home.

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            brookpark RE: DavidT Jun 7, 2009 03:28 PM

            What about Armando in San Lorenzo?

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              jen kalb RE: brookpark Jun 7, 2009 07:17 PM

              please, tell us more about the Armando's in San Lorenzo.

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            bropaul RE: Random987 Jan 19, 2009 02:59 PM

            My choice would be "Perilli" in Testaccio.

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              sockster RE: Random987 Jan 26, 2009 08:11 AM

              Here are two fantastic choices: Armando del Pantheon. Make sure you have a reservation, and/or Da Gino, wonderful trotteria but NO reservations. Thinking about it, here's one more that no one knows about (except the locals): Fraschatti in Trastevere. Enjoy

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                NWPeter RE: sockster Jan 28, 2009 02:00 PM

                We have been to Da Gino several times for dinner over the last two years. Reservations are absolutely necessary. The doors opens at 8 and the place is filled within five minutes. The first time we went we were under the impression that there were no reservations; not so. So, we made a reservation for the next evening. Generally, reservation times are at 8 and 9:30. These are two very different places. The last time we were in Armando, about one quarter or one third of the people there were Italian; that was in November. The food is very good at either.

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                sockster RE: Random987 Apr 11, 2009 06:08 PM

                OK you want authentic carbonara- go and make a reservation at Armando del Pantheon. It's local, even though it near a tourist attraction...and amazing....also try the ravioli con tartufo (truffles). Say hi to Mario for us when you're there.

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                  katieparla RE: sockster Apr 11, 2009 06:20 PM

                  Im going to have to overrule the carbonara at la carbonara (have been dragged there by clients occasionally over the past 6 years and its not good). sorry! i had dinner at augustarello in testaccio tonight and the carbonara my friends got was so good i ate half of theirs even after having my own mezze maniche alla pajata!

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                    sockster RE: katieparla Apr 26, 2009 11:04 AM

                    Carbonara Update: Best carbonara in Roma being served at Il Danilo- Reserve WELL in advance....thank me later!! AMAZING! (I just got back yesterday)

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                      CJT RE: sockster Apr 26, 2009 11:54 AM

                      Can you provide a location for Il Danilo? Found nothing on it in Google search.

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                        sockster RE: CJT Apr 29, 2009 03:42 AM

                        Hi CHeck this out: http://roma.corriere.it/roma/notizie/...

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                  ms. chow RE: Random987 Apr 27, 2009 12:00 PM

                  Last year, Gambero Rosso named Roscioli's as the best carbonara in Rome. As no one has mentioned it on this thread, do you agree, disagree or just haven't tried it?

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                    AstridR69 RE: ms. chow Apr 28, 2009 02:15 AM

                    I do agree with Roscioli basically, but when I go there I usually eat other stuff, different things, that I can't get anywhere else or make myself at home. I love Roscioli, it my go to place. So whenever I do take someone there, I do tell they have the best carbonara but try to convince them to eat something else. Do you understand my dilemma?

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                      CJT RE: AstridR69 Apr 28, 2009 06:59 AM

                      So, can you be more specific: what is it you order at Roscioli that you can't get anywhere else?

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                        AstridR69 RE: CJT Apr 29, 2009 12:19 AM

                        well, they do change the menu almost daily, according to the market, so I go with that, but just to give you an idea of some (past) possibilities:

                        antipasti: caponata (I know it is not a rare thing, but not as they make it here, with a lot of dried fruits), octopus salad (again, not rare, but when they do have it, it is lovely), burrata with semi dried tomatoes+taggiasca olives+the best alici.

                        pasta: anything they have off the menu and involves fish and/or seafood, like scallops/bottarga/pistachio I still remember after over a year, soups in the season.

                        seconds: tuna fillet, hamburger (not what you think!), any meat

                        Also, all cold cuts and cheeses.... the very best quality all of them.

                    2. re: ms. chow
                      Random987 RE: ms. chow May 1, 2009 01:35 PM

                      What is the address of Roscioli? I find a few of them through Google.

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                        zerlina RE: Random987 May 1, 2009 01:46 PM

                        They're across the street from each other. The pizza by the slice is on Via dei Chiavari; the gourmet shop and restaurant are on Via dei Giubbonari.

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                          hong_kong_foodie RE: zerlina May 26, 2009 06:18 PM

                          Wow, my mouth is watering just reading the messages on this post. However, could someone tell me if any of these places will be open Aug 16-19 when I will be in town? I'm referring to:

                          Armando al Pantheon
                          Da Gino


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                            sockster RE: hong_kong_foodie May 27, 2009 11:35 AM

                            As I'm sure you know by now most places in Rome are closed most of August. This said I can tell you for sure that Armando is putting in a new kitchen and PROBABLY will be closed the entire month. The owners are friends of mine and they are dreading August as their holidays are ruined...but they'll be loving it when September rolls around and they are cooking in their new kitchen.

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                              hong_kong_foodie RE: sockster May 27, 2009 08:42 PM

                              Yea, that I'm painfully aware of by now. Do you know any good restaurants that are open Aug 16-19 in Rome?

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                                sockster RE: hong_kong_foodie May 29, 2009 03:21 PM

                                ok, here are two very LOCAL places...very small, very difficult to get into that may be open..call far ahead for a reservation. Both are famous for Carbonara, but if you get in to either one, you HAVE to try the cacio e pepe, the famous Roman pasta. Both of these restaurants make outstanding versions, and are a bit different from each others. Also, the first restaurant, FELICE in Testaccio, has an unreal octopus primi....don't miss it if you get in. An ideal meal there would be the octopus, the cacio e pepe, (then I had oxtail the first two courses were so good....but it was way too much food), followed by a totally original Tirami Su. Next here is a review for my second choice, Da Daniello...it's tiny but everything there is fantastic as well. GOOD LUCK: http://roma.corriere.it/roma/notizie/...

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                                  hong_kong_foodie RE: sockster Jun 3, 2009 03:04 PM

                                  THANK YOU! I am ready to make the reservations -- do they speak English or do I have to find someone who speaks Italian?

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                                    bropaul RE: hong_kong_foodie Jun 4, 2009 06:36 AM

                                    Use your hotel concierge to make the reservations. They speak the language and know the system . . . enjoy! and tell us all about it.

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                                      sockster RE: hong_kong_foodie Jun 6, 2009 10:01 AM

                                      You can call them...they speak fluent English...you;ll LOVE IT!

                      2. Father Kitchen RE: Random987 Jun 4, 2009 06:59 AM

                        This is a classic Roman dish, and you should be able to get a good pasta alla carbonara in any neighborhood trattoria. Restaurants that cater to the tourist trade may tart it up--I've heard some add cream or mushrooms. It may be good, but it isn't the same dish. When I lived in the Parioli area, there were half a dozen places within a short walk of our house that served very good spaghetti alla carbonara.

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