Cacio e Pepe

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1022 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Consistently excellent, this East Village gem is known for innovation and excellence in Roman cuisine. While Chef Salvatore Corea creates a seasonal menu, partners Alessandro Peluso and Giusto Priola note that Cacio e Pepe remains faithful to its signature namesake dish: home-made pasta brought to your table and spun in a wheel of pecorino cheese, then dusted with a flourish of pepper. Voted a ‘Critic’s Pick’ by New York Magazine, Cacio e Pepe is celebrated by reviewers as a classic Italian restaurant with a sense of style: A 50-seat garden is set behind the main dining room, there is al-fresco dining out front, and waiters with superior wine knowledge help you select the perfect beverage accompaniment to your meal. The mystery remains whether it is the garden, the cuisine, or the service which lifts Cacio e Pepe above and beyond its peers on the NYC restaurant scene. The answer, however, may best be expressed in French: It has that je ne se qua.
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OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Ambiance was absolutely dreadful ... It’s a TINY restaurant and you’re forced to sit uncomfortably close to other patrons; you are practically in their laps!!! Zero respect for personal space...this is a very European dinner experience in all of the bad ways. I spend 40 days per year in NYC and will NEVER return to this restaurant.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Cacio e Pepe, though the restaurant was very loud and crowded. We didn’t realize it was cash or Amex only but that’s on us for not doing our homework. Food was excellent and fresh, portions weren’t massive which was perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

loved the service!

KA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

It seems a little over-hyped. My main pasta was delicious but our two starters were very average, we actually didn't even want to finish one of them. We had a reservation, we were not walk ins and as we were finishing our glasses of wine after dessert, the waitress actually asked us to hurry it up. We did not take a crazy amount of time to finish our meals - it took 15 minutes to get water and a glass of wine to start. I am sure there is more authentic and friendlier Italian places out there!

CO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend saw a viral video of your namesake dish a few years ago and has been dying to go. I brought her for her birthday after a show and it couldnt have been more perfect. Great location, easy to get to, sat quickly, diligent service, moderate prices, and absolutely delicious. She cant stop showing everyone videos of the pasta in the cheese wheel. We will definitely be back, with friends!

r
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If eating delicious homemade pasta from a wheel of Pecorina cheese served tableside is on your bucket list, this place is for you! (And if it isn't, it SHOULD be.) We dined here for my husband's birthday and could not have been happier with the meal, the service or the ambiance. My only caution is that the restaurant accepts ONLY American Express or cash, so come prepared.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The waitress spilled an entire glass of wine on me and pooker in my purse , need to dry clean everything. Did not deduct the wine from my bill. To top it off the waitress took the bill and assumed I gave her a 25% tip.

Service is terrible and what a shame because the food is of amazing quality.

LG
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered Cacio e Pepe through a professional acquaintance and was amazed at serving pasta in a cheese wheel. We had to experience! We did, and we could not believe how good the dish was. We will definitely recommend to our friends. As travel writers, we're always looking for local restaurants that make the city taste even better! Make reservations. They only take AMX and cash, so be prepared. A great experience. Judy + Len

W
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptionally prepared and presented Italian dishes in a lively, informal space.

MS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this restaurant. We sat in the heated garden behind the restaurant - so cute and romantic. Our party ordered the cacio e pepe, gnocchi, and lasagna. Everyone was happy and full by the end of the night! Would highly recommend!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Worst Italian food in NY

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Greta!

Z
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Amazing food. Ambiance and service. Great location too!! Highly recommend. No one has a better cacio e pepe dish!!

N
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was delicious and unique, very flavorful. The place itself is small and only accepts AMEX and cash so had to use the atm in the back. Wish I had known as to not get charged the atm fee but dinner and wine was a great price for the city and the food quality so it worked out. My only real grievance is I wrote in the reservation that it was a special occasion for a birthday and I wanted it to be a nice table or something for the birthday and it was not acknowledged at all and if I am going with one other person to an intimate dinner you don’t want to have to make a scene or obviously tell a waiter like I’m celebrating an occasion. Overall, would recommend and was pleased

ZC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I thought the overall experience was fine. It wasn't that it was horrible or anything, I just went into it thinking it would've been different. To explain, I went for my birthday with four friends and they easily accommodated us, but I felt as if we were quickly rushed through the experience. I would've liked my birthday dinner to be more lively or had them not push us out. Cash only too but ATM in the restaurant. Food was good!

R
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Cacio e Pepe. Some new dishes to try. Excellent caesar salad-ask for anchovies on the side if you are splitting the salad and your partner is not keen on them. The name sake Cacio e Pepe pasta dish is addictive. Tried the parmigiane risotto-excellent.

SF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem. Upon my arrival I was seated promptly with no wait. My waitress provided me menus and water. My friend was running late so she came by to check if I was ok and if I wanted a glass of wine. Once My friend arrived we put our order in…he ordered cacio e pepe and I ordered the Salmon filet, Spicy Livornese Sauce, Cauliflower Creme Brûlée', Sauteed Spinach. The food was OUTSTANDING! The salmon was cooked just right. The Cauliflower Creme Brûlée was to die for! I wish they made that as a side! We were too full for dessert but definitely next time!

I would come back here for a nice date night or just a meal alone.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful.

K
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Cacio e Pepe! The food (cheese wheel!!) was delicious, service quick and efficient. The back garden was really lovely too. We’ll definitely be back.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My son and I enjoyed a very satisfying dinner with good service. The food was very good and we could carry on a conversation without difficulty. The staff was great and pleasant in all respects. The menu is limited but the dishes were well executed and tasty.

e
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We ordered glasses of wine, the prosciutto and cheese creme brulee (MUST order) the Cacio e pepe (I’ve had better) and another dish I forget the name because it wasn’t that great. Besides the pasta dishes (which we came for) everything was wonderful from service, to ambiance, to price to noise!!

AA
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Favorite pasta place in the city! You will absolutely never regret going here.

OC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious, fresh, Italian pasta! The fettuccine with arugula pesto was amazing! The burratta appetizer with anchovies was authentic and very tasty to share. The Tiramisu was light and creamy without being too sweet - the best I’ve had!

DO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience! We would highly recommend!!

AR
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The pasta from the cheese wheel is delicious.

OT
Cancun
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience1

No a/c and hot

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious
Keep in mind they only take cash or American Express for payment but they do have a cash machine on premise

P
New York Area
204 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Always a great meal. Cacio e Pepe pasta is a must. Other dishes are excellent also. Never disappoints!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for occasion! Great service and better food.

HM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, but note that it’s cash only!

H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tonarelli cacio e Pepe is amazing. Lovely place with outdoor dining. Looking forward to my next meal there.

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

especially delicious fennel salad. wonderful server.

LK
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly, helpful and prompt. Back garden is a MUST. Food was beyond expectations. So good!

BF
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - start to finish, the meal was amazing. Get the cacio e pepe.

SJ
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this little neighborhood gem—-
Biggest issue is the noise level—
Even with only a few diners in the restaurant,
it is difficult to hear your dinner partner from
across the table. It would be great if they could
install some sort if acoustics.
Otherwise, as always, a wonderful dining experience!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience!! The food was INCREDIBLE. Gorgeous outside garden, however a bit buggy. Had an amazing evening.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, servers were so nice and attentive.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the Cacio e Pepe if you've never had it; very well done dish.

RN
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved it! I made reservations here because of the dish that comes out in the big cheese of wheel. The reservation process was easy, we didn't have to wait for our table at all and was given in option of preferred table. The waitresses were very nice! The only thing is that it was very hot but that could be because of the small/crowded space. Also, we noticed that it took a very long time for orders to be taken and for bills to be given. We actually witnessed somebody walk out on their bill after trying to get a waitresses attention for some time. So, I suggest ordering your whole mean (drinks & food) together. Other than that, the restaurant was great!

A
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Excellent food, great service. Highly recommend their signature dish served out of a cheese wheel!

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