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Where to eat Cacio e Pepe in Manhattan

prio girl Nov 7, 2013 05:56 AM

I'm just back from Rome and I need a cacio e pepe fix!

I'm familiar with the restaurant of that name on Second Avenue in Manhattan but I've never eaten there. Any opinions on their cacio e pepe?

Where do CH's go for good cacio e pepe in Manhattan?


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  1. Ziggy41 RE: prio girl Nov 7, 2013 06:01 AM

    Maialino - I think I actually preferred it at Maialino than in the few places I had in Rome

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      zeeEats RE: Ziggy41 Nov 7, 2013 07:16 AM

      +1 for the one at Maialino.

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        Margaret Santa Monica RE: zeeEats Nov 7, 2013 07:19 AM

        +3 maialino. and that's where i go right after rome.

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        annmorris RE: Ziggy41 Nov 15, 2013 01:26 PM

        Had the dish at Maialino on Wed. and it was wonderful! Don't know that I can ever go back to Cacio e Pepe on 2nd Ave.

        Ann Morris

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          zeeEats RE: annmorris Nov 15, 2013 03:18 PM

          Glad you enjoyed. I find most of Maialino's pastas to be very well-executed and simple.

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        kathryn RE: prio girl Nov 7, 2013 06:42 AM


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          prio girl RE: kathryn Nov 7, 2013 03:56 PM

          Thanks kathryn, I've checked out previous posts on CH about Cacio e Pepe, including the one you linked to. My preference is not what the OP described which is:
          "My husband is obsessed with the dish "cacio e pepe" of Roman fare, the thicker and more gravy-like the better."
          I am NOT looking for a 'gravy' consistency. To me, the best cacio e pepe in rome was pasta with a nice thick coating of cheese and black pepper (nothing that would be described as 'gravy').

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            kathryn RE: prio girl Nov 7, 2013 05:31 PM

            Maybe you'll like SD26 then.

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              prio girl RE: kathryn Nov 9, 2013 05:31 PM

              Thanks Kathryn. I've checked out the SD26 menu and I don't see cacio e pepe listed. Is that something you've had there?

              Also, just wondering, is the 'gravy' type cacio e pepe something that most people expect? It's definitely not what I had in Rome.

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                kathryn RE: prio girl Nov 9, 2013 08:48 PM

                Had it at lunch, a while ago, looks like they took it off the menu. Sorry!

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          darren425 RE: prio girl Nov 7, 2013 07:23 AM


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            annmorris RE: prio girl Nov 9, 2013 06:44 PM

            I also love cacio e pepe. I often have it at it's name sake restaurant on 2nd ave. because it's in my neighborhood. I've also loved the one at Eately at the pasta bar. Though I've never had it at Lupa there pasta is generally fabulous. If you're ever in New Paltz, NY you will not be disappointed at A Tavola's version.

            Ann Morris

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              annmorris RE: prio girl Nov 9, 2013 06:45 PM

              Just saw the post re Maialino and I'm going there on Wed. So really looking forward to trying their version.

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                annmorris RE: prio girl Nov 9, 2013 06:46 PM

                Just remembered that Basta Pasta on 17th st. makes this dish with parmesean instead of pecorino an it's pretty good.

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                  prio girl RE: prio girl Nov 17, 2013 09:53 AM

                  My quick cacio e pepe fix was fulfilled at Eataly last week.

                  Now, after reading all these recommendations for Maialino's cacio e pepe, I have to get myself there. Looking forward.

                  Thank you all!

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                    annmorris RE: prio girl Nov 17, 2013 10:11 AM

                    So glad you enjoyed it there. I think Maialino might even be better. enjoy! Let me know what you think.

                    Ann Morris

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