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Nov 7, 2013 05:56 AM

Where to eat Cacio e Pepe in Manhattan

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

    4 Replies
      1. re: zeeEats

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

      2. re: Ziggy41

        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

        1. re: annmorris

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

        1. re: kathryn

          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').

            1. re: kathryn

              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.

              1. re: prio girl

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

          1. 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

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