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Cacio e Pepe - where else to get it?

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MrsRonBurgundy Jun 6, 2011 09:17 AM

Hi Everyone,
My husband is obsessed with the dish "cacio e pepe" of Roman fare, the thicker and more gravy-like the better. I am looking to surprise him with a night before Father's Day dinner out, June 18th, and wanted to find a place that offers Cacio that we haven't already tried.

We've already been to:
Quinto Quarto
Maialino
Lupa
Cacio e Pepe
Bocca
Gusto, or was it Gottino - been to both of those, can't remember which had cacio.

Happy to go anywhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn, heck even Queens.
Thanks.

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Lupa
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

Bocca
135 W 50th St, New York, NY 10020

Cacio e Pepe
182 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Gottino
52 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

Quinto Quarto
14 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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    Pan Jun 8, 2011 12:41 AM

    Whose version have you liked best so far? I haven't been to most of those places but have liked the version at Lupa best, so far. Very peppery!

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    1. re: Pan
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      MrsRonBurgundy Jun 8, 2011 04:52 PM

      Thank you guys so much for unearthing new Cacio places for us to try! We are going to try Emporio, which doesn't take reservations after 7, but oh well.

      Boccalupo, Testaccio is an interesting option for a future date. Has anyone been there? Reviews seem mixed on it.

      Pan, to your ques as to which we liked best:
      I thought it was very good at Lupa.
      Cacio e Pepe's version is my favorite in terms of consistency, but they use whole peppercorns which can be overpowering.
      Gusto's version had a thinner pasta and I thought it didn't hold up to the cheese.
      I do not remember Maialino's version, which must mean it didn't blow me away.
      Very good at Quinto Quarto.

      The gold standard to me is Sora Margarita in Rome!

      I'll report back on Emporio in 10 days. Thanks!

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      Lupa
      170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

      Cacio e Pepe
      182 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

      Emporio
      231 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012

      Quinto Quarto
      14 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

      Maialino
      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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        MrsRonBurgundy Jun 19, 2011 09:45 AM

        Hi Everyone,
        We went to Emporio based on fellow Chowhounder rec. They had just taken Cacio e Pepe off the menu, but the chef made it for us upon request. It was good, but it was not "cacio" as we know it. Almost no pepper, not cheesy enough, almost too buttery, maybe too much olive oil. The consistency of the pasta, however, was perfect.

        The real star was a dish off their daily specials menu, a papardelle with truffle oil and shaved truffles. It was a 10!

        Their fried artichoke was excellent, as good as any we had in Rome.

        Other things were just fair. The waitress steered us to an app described as ribbons of beef over arugula. We were imagining carpaccio, but it was really just some greasy beef bits. Fine but skippable.

        Service was attentive and kind, but her recs were hit and miss and she forgot to put in our main order (branzino), in the end we told her to forget it cause we filled up on apps and pasta dishes.

        The desserts were mediocre - a flourless chocolate cake with far too many nuts for my taste, and a salty caramel ice cream that was way below the expectations of what that flavor should be - and a panacotta that just didn't taste like much.

        The atmosphere was very nice and the prices reasonable. I wouldn't go back b/c there is just too much good Italian in Manhattan. But overall, it's a fine choice, especially if if you want to walk from the Angelika theater.

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        Cacio e Pepe
        182 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

        Emporio
        231 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012

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      boccalupo Jun 7, 2011 01:46 PM

      Emporio, Gusto Ristorante and Testaccio (Queens)

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      Gusto
      60 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

      Emporio
      231 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012

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        kathryn Jun 7, 2011 10:23 AM

        SD26 has it but I found it terribly dry.

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        SD26
        19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

        1. rifkind81 Jun 7, 2011 09:59 AM

          Pretty sure A Voce Columbus Circle has it.

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          A Voce
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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