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chorosch Sep 28, 2009 07:59 AM

Reading the replies to a recent post reminded me of this dish, which I love. My wife grew up in Italy, and when we visit her hometown I always order this from the little "Cucina Tipica" restaurant in town. However, I've never seen it on a menu in New York.

Any suggestions for a real authentic version of Cacio e Pepe in New York?

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    small h RE: chorosch Sep 28, 2009 08:51 AM

    I am fond of Lupa's version, but that's the only place I've ever had it.

    http://www.luparestaurant.com/menu-NE...

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      chorosch RE: small h Sep 28, 2009 08:55 AM

      I love Lupa. It's actually the only Italian restaurant I've been to with my wife that she raved about. She grew up outside of Rome and thinks their cooking is very authentic. I don't remember seeing the dish on their menu, but haven't been in a while. Thanks for an excuse to go back!

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        stephaniec25 RE: chorosch Sep 28, 2009 09:00 AM

        I agree with Lupa.

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          thievery RE: stephaniec25 Sep 29, 2009 07:35 AM

          Lupa. Hands down.

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            Desidero RE: thievery Sep 29, 2009 04:05 PM

            I agree with the Lupa rec. I would also suggest Supper in the EV; they make a surprisingly good rendition of this dish.

    2. egit RE: chorosch Sep 28, 2009 09:30 AM

      There's a restaurant in the east villaged called, Cacio e Pepe. They have it on their menu. They bring out the big wheel of cheese and toss the pasta inside it, then scoop it out and pepper it for you on your plate.

      Is that what you mean by authentic? This is the only place I've ever had it.

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        chorosch RE: egit Sep 28, 2009 09:40 AM

        Oh! I don't know how they do it in Italy.... by authentic I just mean not Italian-American. Lots of places here advertise carbonara for example, but in the end it's nothing like the real thing overseas. Thanks for the recommendation.

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          stephaniec25 RE: egit Sep 28, 2009 10:22 AM

          I actually went to Cacio e Pepe's sister restaurant I believe it was called Bocca and the cacio e pepe was awful. They do it the same way and the sauce doesn't stick like it should and it seems to be a dish more for show than for enjoyment. That's not to say it's exactly the same at the Cacio e Pepe restaurant but I thought I'd share.

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            LeahBaila RE: stephaniec25 Sep 28, 2009 10:32 AM

            I had a horrible experience at Bocca, but then again, that was almost 3 years ago. Otto makes a really good cacio e pepe pasta.

            www.thelunchbelle.com

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              chorosch RE: stephaniec25 Sep 28, 2009 11:11 AM

              Yeah, that doesn't sound like the preparation I remember. What I'm thinking of has the sauce very much coating the noodles. Not sure how you'd achieve that by tossing it in a wheel. I think I'll avoid Bocca, thanks for sharing.

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                egit RE: chorosch Sep 28, 2009 12:51 PM

                I would imagine the success of the dish is dependent on how well drained the pasta is. If there is still a lot of water on the pasta when you toss it into the wheel, then it will result in cheesy, runny water dripping off your pasta and not adhering.

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              synergy RE: egit Sep 28, 2009 11:06 AM

              I had it at Cacio e Pepe in the EV too, actually shared it with a friend. I enjoyed it so much I wished I had my own entire plate.

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                efdee RE: synergy Sep 28, 2009 03:01 PM

                I haven't had it anywhere else but at C e P in the EV. I started out with a taste but now I crave the dish and always order my own when we go there. Definitely not runny.

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              mike1213 RE: chorosch Sep 28, 2009 11:30 AM

              I think Frankie's 457 Spuntino, both in Brooklyn and New York, have cacio e pepe on the menu, at least they did back in December 2008 when I had it in Brooklyn.

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                chorosch RE: mike1213 Sep 28, 2009 11:40 AM

                That's interesting... how was it? I was only there once, and had a very disappointing experience. Would be willing to try it again I suppose.

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                  mike1213 RE: chorosch Sep 29, 2009 05:49 PM

                  It was excellent and I too had a disappointing experience my first time there (at lunch time). When I kept hearing good things I went back and I have had very experiences since then.

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