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Jun 17, 2012 03:19 AM

article in the observer: taxi driver recommended roman restaurants

but rigatoni carbonara?! surely an error.

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  1. No error. I often see it made with rigatoni in Rome, almost as often as I see it made with spaghetti. I would consider it a classic preparation, but maybe Roman residents have a different take.

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    1. re: barberinibee

      while i'm certainly no authority on what classic preparation is, the website for la taverna
      certainly lists it as spaghetti, not rigatoni.

      fwiw, in the 20 or so times i've been in rome, i've never seen rigatoni carbonara.

      1. re: howler

        I've had rigatoni carbonara at Perilli and Antico Arco.

        1. re: Ricardo Malocchio

          And Palatium too. I think I like rigatoni better - especially when the guanciale gets stuck inside and it's like a piggy carbonara mouth bomb.

    2. spaghetti and rigatoni are both common pastas to serve alla carbonara in rome

      1. I don't know about La Tavernaccia, but Perilli made its carbonara with rigatoni 15 years ago and probably still does.

        1. No, not an error at all. Perilli (which I think is the best carbonara in town) is extremely traditional, and does use rigatoni. As do many other of the best interpretations. I think that is what Arcangelo uses, as well as Roscioli.

          (Just want to add I think that article was great, and that I love the idea of hopping in a cab and asking for restaurant recommendations. )

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          1. re: minchilli

            L'Arcangelo uses rigatoni or calle. Roscioli (which actually has the best carbonara in town with way better ingredients than perilli...and at only a euro or 2 more) uses spaghetti from a producer in abruzzo.


            1. re: katieparla

              I agree, Rosciolli has outstanding carbonara: Fancy pasta, fancy eggs, great guanciale. Top-notch ingredients come at a price but the fare is fair. The wine selection makes this place a .goto.

          2. Rigatoni alla carbonara are perfectly fine. What do people think about the rest of the article?

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            1. re: mbfant

              like so many rome food pieces covered by the guardian, this one is rubbish.

              1. re: katieparla

                Speaking of L'Arcangelo, most comments say that one HAS to go on a Thursday.. I'm thinking of going on a saturday night.. thoughts on that? I'm assuming it's just as good... please let me know if you recommend another spot that would be particularly great for a Saturday night. Thanks!

                    1. re: mbfant

                      right thats what people say but i'm sure the restaurant is just as good any other night.

                      1. re: jessicablock

                        of course it is. depends how much you want gnocchi. You are worrying too much. Vinoroma was right, a week ago.

                  1. re: katieparla

                    I thought it was cute, and so was the author