This is the famous place where your Cacio e Pepe pasta is tossed in a cheese wheel at your table. Cute attraction, but none of us got it as we were all hungry, and could see other people who ordered the dish gobbled it up in 2 minutes. That being said we got the buccatini with guanciale, brisket ragu with chocolate, lasagna, and gnocchi. All were hits with my friends. The lasagna was def not enough. The buccatini with guanciale was my favorite and a great portion. The ragu with chocolate was all gobbled up as well. Same with the gnocchi. My only feedback is the service. Our 9pm table wasn't ready until 9:15pm, which was fine as the people were paying. The hostess called us in, but then said we couldn't sit until the table was reset. . . So then why did you call us in?
Then, when we said we needed 2 more minutes to order our food, the waitress didn't come back for 15 minutes. . .
Last one. We told our main waitress we weren't interested in dessert and then the hostess came by 2 minutes later shoving dessert menus at all of us. No communication.
I would definitely come back here, just know that the service isn't the best. Food is delicious though. Good stick to your ribs Italian food.
The staff was extremely rude. The waitress asked us if we were ready to order as soon as we sat and continued to ask 3 times in the next 5 minutes. She rushed us the entire meal. Once we paid the check, she picked it up off the table before we had left. The hostess then proceeded to ask us to leave because they had a reservation. We had been sitting for less than an hour and 15 minutes. I have never experienced such rude service and couldn’t believe I was asked to leave after such a short time. I will not be returning.
Restaurant was nearly empty on a Tuesday night. Server was generally absent although the busboys were helpful. Server gave us the wrong Italian wine (did they not have what we ordered?) which we didn't realize until midway through the meal. She didn't offer to give us what we ordered. Food was just okay. The namesake pasta (Cacio e Pepe) was good but not worth the trip.
Extremely fast & fantastic
Consistently among my favorite places in The City for pasta and authentic Roman cuisine from someone who has visited Rome over 30 times . . . the signature cacio e pepe is about as good as it gets, and the coda alla vaccinara is truly exceptional. Absolutely love coming here for family dinners, and Valentina is pure joy to have as a server!
I highly recommend the cacio e pepe pasta dish prepared in a cheese wheel.
The service was attentive and friendly. The food was delicious, authentically Italian, and beautifully presented. My wife and I plan to come back soon.
Highlight: the cacio e pepe is prepared table side in a giant bowl of cheese!
Everything else was nice - service, food, simple wine list, authentic neighborhood gem.
What a great find! Food was just delicious, service was wonderful. A great neighborhood place - a little small, with tables really close together, but the terrific food was worth it.
The food is superb. The staff is gracious and seems unhurried when taking care of a guest. The noise level at busy times (most times) is high but one can manage a conversation.
CASH ONLY but they have an atm in the restaurant if needed
Flavorless food. Undercooked pasta. Ambiance great, service just as great. Wish our food was better.
Great atmosphere. The cheese wheel was such a fun experience
Went to this restaurant with a few girlfriends and I’m telling you, it was the best pasta I’ve had in NYC! The cheese wheel was everything I expected and more! Definitely going back!
We set the occasion as date night and got seated at a table secluded in the back. We felt like we were the only people in the restaurant. The food was great and service was adequately attentive. Overall a great night.
Very loud, they rush you out, small portions
Very friendly staff and very accommodating! Would suggest putting that they only accept Cash or Amex more visibly online so that guests aren’t surprised when they arrive!
The appetizers were the only reason I gave this place a two. The food wasn’t good. The cheese wheel pasta was cold. The pasta was dry. The place was tiny. The prices were outrageous for the poor quality of food. The lasagna was very bland. The meatballs were literally the only highlight of the meal.
Our table had the Traditional Cacio E Pepe dish, meatball appetizer, eggplant appetizer and another pasta dish. Everything was great! Service was fast and friendly. Interior was quaint and cute. Would definitely recommend!
Great dining experience on Christmas Eve.
Be aware restaurant takes only AMEX and Cash
We had a great dinner on Christmas Eve. The service was prompt and friendly. The food was fresh and yummy.
Lovely time! Good food. A neighborhood gem that offers things other than food drowned in red sauce.
Definitely a place you want to have a reservation for as it is very popular! Our experience started with excellent service, followed by delicious wine and incredible food. Would recommend to everyone! Definitely would love to come back!
The bread and tomato sauce at the beginning was good and we liked the arugula pear and pecorino salad. The cacio e Pepe pasta was overrated and the chicken was very weird
The meal we shared with family here last week was simply extraordinary . . . friendly, warm, relaxing, authentic, and every morsel truly delicious. After over 30 trips to Rome, the food here rivals anything we have enjoyed in Rome's quality family-owned restaurants . . . of course, the signature Cacio e Pepe pasta is to die for, but so is the Coda alla Vaccinara, and the wine list is great . . . after a fine bottle of Valpoicella Ripasso, the Calabrian Terra Damia recommended was a real treat. Special thanks to Valentina and Salvatore for your gracious contributions to all the fun we had enjoying this exquisite meal . . . semplicemente meravigliosa - Grazie mille!
Our family loves this restaurant! The best pasta in the city!
Last customers in the restaurant at 10:30pm after seeing the nutcracker. Great atmosphere and customer service as well as food!
the cacio e pepe did not disappoint! great spot for the cheese wheel experience
So glad my daughters and I planned dinner for one of our nights in NYC at this wonderful restaurant. What a treat! The food was delicious, the wait staff attentive and they even held our table for us when we were running 15 min late. I highly recommend!!
Delicious. The gnocchi are to die for. The ambiance is cozy and warm. Perfect spot for winter dining.
Amazing find - will be back for sure. The service was great - on top of it. The food well was just amazing - I had the lamb shank suggested by the waiter and it was delicious. My son had the pasta in the cheese and it was just amazing. Looking forward to making more memories there.
Food and service was amazing. The Cacio e Pepe pasta made in the cheese wheel was very neat and tasty.
Love it and going back tonight if we can
I must say, the classic Cacio e Pepe is one of the best pastas I've ever had! Plus, the service was impeccable. Definitely a must try!
Mother/daughter trip to NYC. Discovered this restaurant online and read reviews - it did not disappoint! The tonnarelli is a must-have; absolutely delicious. Pair it with a glass of wine, and it’s perfect. The tiramisu and ricotta cheesecake were also amazing.
Great food but small portions!
The meal and service was great. I think the only thing that could be done differently is that is should be better clarified that they do not take visa/MasterCard.
Expertly prepared. Polpetinna and signature dish are standouts. Instagram crowd. Bring earmuffs or hearing aids. Better yet visit on a Tuesday.
Hostess was very rude and unaccomodating. She gave us our check during our meal as the next seating arrived and would not let us finish/order dessert