You’ve already heard about Carbonara and you might think it’s a very complicated dish to prepare! Believe us, it’s not! Basically, the original recipe includes pork guanciale (pork cheek lard), egg yolks, pecorino cheese and spaghetti. The only thing you should be very careful with is the egg-yolk that might get overcooked.
In the authentic Carbonara recipe you MUST use Pecorino cheese and Guanciale, but many people replace pecorino with Parmigiano and guanciale with bacon or pancetta. You can do whatever you like, just don’t mention it to Romans!
The tasty cream you find in Carbonara dish is made by egg yolks and pecorino that has to be added at the end of the cooking process.
You can try to prepare it on your own, but while in Rome you have to visit one of these places:
- Saltimbocca Ristorante. Just a few steps from Navona square here you can taste the real and traditional Carbonara for just 9,00 euros such a great deal right? Many Romans likes this places cause it´s very traditional and the staff is very friendly and polite. Location: Via di Tor Millina 5, Piazza Navona area
- La Vecchia Roma. If it´s your first time in Rome, you have to try this delicious Carbonara. The recipe here is a handed down from an old family from Rome. Inside the restaurant you can find the owner: an Italian grandfather, “nonno”, welcoming everyone. For 8€ you will feel a typically Italian atmosphere and you will have a delicious carbonara. Location: Via Leonina, 10, Monti area
- Pastasciutta , Carbonara take away. Pastasciutta is for those who like street and genuine food and an easy going atmosphere. In Pastasciutta you will always find fresh pasta (made in the morning). For only 5.50€, at the Vatican area that is usually rather expensive, you will get a box full of delicious food that you can enjoy at the sunlight of the St Peter’s Square. Location: Via delle Grazie, 5, Vatican area
Try it and you won’t regret it!