Where to Find the Best Carbonara in Rome
Rome, the eternal city, is known for its stunning architecture, rich history, and of course, its delicious food. One of the most beloved dishes in Rome is carbonara, a creamy pasta dish made with eggs, cheese, guanciale (pork cheek), and black pepper…and it just happens to be one of my favourites!
While carbonara can be found on most menus in Rome and the basics of the recipe are the same, not all carbonaras are cooked equal – trust me, I should know! Afterall, I started the #carbonararevolution. I’m Vincenzo, food enthusiast and Italian food ambassador at Vincenzo’s Plate, and today I’m taking you on a tour through the streets of Rome to help you find the best carbonara in Rome.
I’ve compiled a list of some of the most delicious-rated restaurants and trattorias that serve this iconic dish. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler at Vincenzo’s Plate, these spots are sure to satisfy your carbonara cravings – and no they absolutely DO NOT USE CREAM!
Maritozzi Rosso Kitchen Lab
Just a 2-min walk from away from Santa Maria in Trastevere, Maritozzi Rosso is a funky hidden gem that is not to be missed. This unassuming hole in the wall serves up some of the best traditional Roman pasta in the city, alongside their award-winning maritozzo.
The restaurant’s carbonara is a standout dish, made with eggs that contain a vibrant, rich orange-red yolk. The secret? Maritozzi Rosso sources their eggs from a supplier whose chickens have a fondness for carrots.
Despite being a classic dish known for its heavy creaminess, Maritozzi Rosso’s carbonara is surprisingly light and delicate, yet not lacking in just-enough delicious, authentic creaminess. Topped with the perfect amount of pecorino romano, it’s a true masterpiece of a bite.
I couldn’t help but notice the approving nods and satisfied smiles of the diners around me. It was clear that Maritozzi Rosso’s carbonara has won over the hearts of many, and rightfully so.
Don’t miss out on the chance to savor this unforgettable carbonara. When in Rome, make sure Maritozzi Rosso is one of your pasta stops.
As an Italian food critic, I can confidently say that Roscioli Salumeria is a true gem in the heart of Rome. Starting as a humble bakery in 1970, the establishment flourished into a grocery store and then later added a café, where you can now enjoy not only some of the best carbonara in Rome, but perhaps in your life!
What sets Roscioli Salumeria’s carbonara apart is the use of fresh ingredients sourced right from their own grocery shelves. The dish itself is a sight to behold, with the creamy sauce enveloping the thick, perfectly al dente pasta. The aroma of the large chunks of guanciale is enough to make your mouth water and have you craving your first bite.
What makes this carbonara truly stand out is the unique twist on the classic recipe. The chunks of guanciale are cooked to crispy perfection, adding a delicious crunch to the dish that is unexpected and completely delightful. With the cheese and pepper, it is just so good! As someone who has tasted countless carbonara dishes in my life, I can confidently say that Roscioli Salumeria’s take on this classic dish is a must-try when visiting Rome.
Che Pasta! Pasta Bar
On my hunt for the best carbonara in Rome, Che Pasta was one of my last stops. Che Pasta is a take-out restaurant that caught my attention with its straightforward yet delicious menu of homemade pasta dishes and seafood options.
It is located just a short 3-minute walk from the popular (and stunning) Piazza Navona, making it the perfect spot to grab some carry-out and enjoy a stunning view.
The two talented chefs behind the operation, Luka and Eduardo, graciously invited me behind the scenes to watch the pasta-making process, and I have to say, it was a nothing less than a deliciously great experience.
You need to see it for yourself – watch my tour of Che Pasta in Rome on my YouTube channel.
As this was a “take-out” experience, I decided to take my carbonara to the nearby Fiumi Fountain (Fontana dei Fiumi) to enjoy it. And I have to say, it was the perfect pairing. The smell alone was enough to draw you in, and the taste was nothing less than wow-worthy.
While savouring the aroma of this beautiful carbonara, I couldn’t wait to take my first bite. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The pasta was al dente yet with a softer consistency that melted in my mouth. The creaminess of the sauce and the flavor was nothing short of exceptional. It’s no wonder that this pasta is a must-try for anyone visiting Rome.
If you’re looking for a delicious, authentic pasta dish to enjoy on-the-go in Rome, Che Pasta is an absolute MUST!
There you have it, the three best spots for the best carbonara in Rome.
But wait, there’s more! If you want to know about the fourth place I visited and tasted their carbonara, head over to my YouTube channel, Vincenzo’s Plate, to experience my full carbonara tour in Rome.
In this video, I’ll guide you through the streets of Rome and to all these restaurants so you can see the world’s most delicious carbonara being made. Italian chef’s secret techniques, and the traditional ingredients used for yourself.
Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or planning to hunt down an authentic Carbonara dish while visiting Rome, you won’t want to miss this. So, sit back, relax, and join us on this unforgettable journey as we look for where to find the most delicious carbonara in Rome.
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