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Jul 5, 2009 11:20 AM

Penne Arrabiatta

I know its not haute cuisine, but are there any chowhounds who know of eateries in Rome where the Arrabbiatta sauce is just out of this world? Its my favorite and I want to make sure to get my fill of the best of the best. Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. I have no suggestions, but any decent Roman restaurant should make a good arrabbiata.

    The only problem you might have is some restaurants' reluctance - after complaints from foreign visitors who didn't understand what the dish was - to make it spicy. If you want it spicy, ask for "piccante"; for very spicy, "molto piccante". But then don't complain if you find it *too* spicy,

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    1. re: zerlina

      i must have had it once a day for three weeks in one visit to Rome (all at different places and long ago). it was piccante and sometimes molto piccante and I was thrilled. . . sometimes with visible pieces of the pepper that is used on the plate. i haven't had it in the US made properly. . . never have seen the pepper on the plate, probably they just use the flakes.

    2. I rarely order it in restaurants any more because I can make it at home with better tomatoes and oil, but I tasted Checchino's not long ago and thought it was great. I also tasted Armando's (a friend ordered it) and thought that was great too.