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Authentic Roman cuisine in the DC area?

takadi Nov 3, 2012 10:18 AM

I've been trying out a lot of Italian restaurants in the area lately and I've noticed that all of them lack some sort of authentic Roman cuisine, particularly a good carbonara (without peas and cream). Does anything of the sort exist around here?

  1. alkapal Nov 10, 2012 11:58 PM

    how is primi piatti these days? http://www.primipiatti.com/menu.html
    it has been a while since i've been there.

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      Steve Nov 4, 2012 06:28 AM

      Who makes a carbonara with cream?

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      1. re: Steve
        msjess Nov 4, 2012 03:46 PM

        I think Dino's has served carbonara before but they also serve a lot of venetian/tuscan food

        1. re: msjess
          Steve Nov 4, 2012 09:54 PM

          I doubt Dino uses cream. Carbonara is egg yolks and cheese.

        2. re: Steve
          takadi Nov 10, 2012 01:17 PM

          Just using that as example, but when I mean authentic I mean guanciale, eggs, pecorino romano, and black pepper, nothing else. It just seems that the only place you can get something so simple and executed so perfectly is in Rome or by someone who knows his/her stuff at home. I've only had authentic carbonara once in my time in Rome and I'll never forget it. Unfortunately that means I'll be disappointed constantly and the closest thing to experiencing real Roman cuisine is through the Travel Channel.

          And I'm not just talking carbonara, things like alfredo, amatriciana, their offal dishes like trippo and veal sweetbreads.

          1. re: takadi
            shake N baik Nov 12, 2012 06:17 AM

            Fiola's lunch menu and their bar menu has cacio e pepe. Jaleo used to have a trippo dish which was was my only reason for going their regularly but that was years ago.

            1. re: shake N baik
              takadi Nov 12, 2012 04:47 PM

              Just took a look a Fiola's lunch menu and the pasta selections look pretty promising. I'll have to give them a try

              1. re: takadi
                Steve Nov 12, 2012 10:12 PM

                If you go to Fiola, you should definitely get the risotto. No matter which version is being offered.

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