Eating Cacio e Pepe in Rome at Roscioli Salumeria has been an incredible experience. Not only the good Food was outstanding, also the Location alone is worth any visit. A Feeling like you are eating at a Friends place, while actually, you are sitting in a deli, next to wine bottles, prosciutto thighs and various tomato cans. As I went there right when they opened for Lunch, at 1:30 pm, I was lucky to still get a chair at the Bar, as I did not make a reservation. If you are planning on eating at Roscioli Salumeria in Rome, make sure to reserve a Table (online on their website)! The highlights of their menu are Roman classics such as Cacio e Pepe, La Matriciana o Amatriciana, Gnocco All’Amatriciana, “La Gricia” di Stefano, Burro e Acciughe or the La Carbonara.
Another loved institution in Rome is their bakery, Antico Forno Roscioli, nearby at Via dei Chiavari 34. Part of the Roscioli empire is also a Bar, everything in an easy walking distance.
When entering Roscioli Salumeria Ristorante in Via dei Giubbonari, just 500m from Piazza Navona and 700m from the Pantheon, you’d think you enter a Store. Floor to ceiling shelves filled with wines and sparkling wines, a Refrigerated display with cheeses and a slight smell of prosciutto, Italian ham. But no, there are small tables to the left and right, this is a Restaurant, in a Deli!
As I was alone I was able to eat at their Bar, arm to arm with other tourists and locals. After ordering a Coke (4€) and a Portion of Cacio e Pepe (13€) I received, unexpected, a small plate of Ricotta cheese. A complimentary appetiser. I don’t think that I’ve ever eaten Ricotta solo, just with Olive Oil and black pepper, but it was so good. Together with a thin Focaccia bread, and a small roll with nuts, I enjoyed this delightful dish to get me fully excited for my main dish, the Roman classic Cacio e Pepe. The Cacio e Pepe by Roscioli Ristorante Salumeria are “Fresh Pasta with Roman ‘Pecorino’ Cheese DOP, ‘Cacio’ from Moliterno, ‘Pecorino di Fossa’ from Sogliano del Rubicone and Malaysian black pepper”. You can check out their full menu online, without prices, in this PDF Document. The ‘Roman Classics’ are on Page 7.
And finally they came, yellow Pasta in a deep plate, decorated with grated parmesan cheese and black pepper. Already just by looking at them, they weren’t that heavy in pepper than the Cacio e Pepe by Osteria Angelino dal 1899 in Rome. The Pasta was al dente, mildly covered in black pepper and underneath in the bottom you had a nice creamy cheese sauce. Of course, the fresh Pasta was previously stirred in this Pecorino sauce. The ingredients were perfectly coordinated and the Cacio e Pepe by Roscioli Rome was a true delight. How to end Lunch with delicious Pasta, a nice Appetiser, while watching the staff preparing Food and Drinks? Right, with a small dessert. Again by surprise, I received two anise cookies together with liquid and warm chocolate. Wow!
My Lunch at Roscioli Salumeria Ristorante in Rome definitely exceeded my expectations and it was a true culinary experience. For a total price of 20€ for a three course Lunch including a Drink, I can recommend this Restaurant to everyone looking for an authentic Lunch or Dinner in Rome, besides the Hotel Restaurant at nh Collection Palazzo Cincquecento. And don’t forget to book your Table in advance, I added a link above.