Here’s the deal: I ate cacio e pepe at a restaurant called Roma Sparita on Saturday night and it blew my mind. There’s not too much to say aside from that. The cacio e pepe is served in a bowl made of cheese. You eat the bowl afterwards. It is pure brilliance.
Please excuse the photo above, because it doesn’t even begin to do justice to how delicious this dish was. I had seen approximately 25 orders of cacio e pepe arrive to other diners before it was my turn, and I could barely pause two seconds to take this photo before I had to eat it.
Afterwards, I considered ordering another round. But, I live only 15 minutes from the restaurant, so I kept my dignity intact and just asked for the check, knowing I’ll be back quite frequently. I seriously plan to eat it as many times as possible before I leave.
As an added bonus, the restaurant is right next to this church. It’s gorgeous at night. When we visited before dinner, a choir of nuns was singing in the church. Even though I’m not very religious, it was really a special thing to hear.
PS – if anyone has seen Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” Rome episode, this is the place where he eats cacio e pepe and raves about it. In fact, in the episode, he won’t reveal the name of the restaurant for fear that it’ll become overrun by tourists and ruined. That’s nice of him, but it was in my guide book, so I don’t feel bad telling all 10 of my readers about it too. Everyone must experience it!