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182 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 12th St.
By sarah0484 on 5/20/2011
Tonight, I brought my Dad to this restaurant, and he said that it was an "amazing meal". He has traveled the world and been to many restaurants in the city, and was very impressed by the service, wine, and most importantly, the food. Our food and drinks came out very quickly throughout the meal, and our watiress was extremely attentive. My dad described the cacio e pepe signature dish as delcious and, as usual, my bucatini alla amatriciania was excellent! We both got the pistachio dessert, which was creamy and wonderful and described by both of us as quite possibly the best dessert we've ever had. The waitress was gracious enough to treat us to some dessert wine, which was a fabulous end to an otherwise great meal. I go here all the time and frequently bring friends who are consistently impressed by the quality of the restaurant. I look forward to continuing to be a loyal patron of Cacio e Pepe :)
By Crushy on 3/12/2011
Went for a late dinner on a cold Saturday night. We had a reservation but had to wait about fifteen minutes as some of the guests seemed to not want to leave, an experience we would soon be sharing. While waiting we were offered complementary glasses of a big earthy red that I wish I could remember more about as it was the perfect contrast to the weather outside. We had the the arugula salad and mussels to start. The mussels were served in a slightly spicy tomato broth that was so delicious I found myself jealously guarding the bread to make sure I could sop it all up. For our main courses we went with the bucatini and the mushroom ravioli. The bucatini was cooked to a perfect al dente and the pork was there in perfect proportion to the rest of the dish. The mushroom raviolo was quite unique, largely thanks to the red wine reduction and hazelnuts, the sweetness of which were a great complement to the earthy, almost dry aged steak flavor of the mushroom filling. For dessert we enjoyed a the tiramisu, which was good but nothing remarkable, panna cotta, which was spectacular and an off menu white chocolate mousse that the chef graciously sent out. At the end of the night as we were lingering over our last drops of wine we had a chance to speak with the chef and manager, both of whom were incredibly warm and friendly, in spite of the fact that it was pushing midnight and I'm certain they were ready to go home.
OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT
By NYC_Lady on 2/11/2009
The food is great...the staff is attentive...and for the price it just can't get any better...we try to go at least every two weeks...definitely try!
By ergreen on 2/8/2009
Went here last night upon recommendation from a good friend and all i have to say is-WOW, WOW, WOW, food is phenomenal! Seating is tight, but it is so worth it! You must get the "house" special pasta made in the Pecorino Romano wheel, it is so tasty and addicting. Also, had Chianti wine that was very good. Overall experience was good so will definitely return.
Wish I'd Been Back Sooner!
By TinaM on 1/25/2011
I had dinner here for the 2nd time on Saturday night, and I must say it was really enjoyable! The first time was over a year ago and I hadn't been back because honestly the service was beyond horrible and rude (one of the previous neg reviews is from our friend on the 1st visit) . Now, fast forward new management and new staff as I was told..... The food was amazing, as it was last time. Pastas were cooked perfectly, with just the right amount of sauce, the breaded lamb was very good. And the snapper, my dish was served over a fennel salad- different and very well done. We ended the meal with two different spumas, one chocolate and one coffee, wonderful! Bravo to the chef! The restaurant is small and was SUPER BUSY and energetic, a good sign and half the fun on a Sat night. The service this time was warm and friendly, eventhough it was so busy the staff handled it well and really made us feel really welcome. This makes me happy because now I know I will be treated well when I come back! I studied in Florence and this place made me feel like I was there again, grazie!! My only regret, I still haven't ordered the pasta in the cheese wheel....next time!
very good pasta dishes
By mcmax on 12/3/2004
definitely go; a great neighborhood feel and the staff were friendly and helpful. we had wonderful, inventive pasta dishes that were made so well. the salad was very nicely dressed and flavorful. we were very impressed.
The best meal we've had in ages!
By MVR on 11/27/2004
Finally! A great Italian place in the neighborhood. They also do a brunch that isn't just fried eggs. This place has the right mix of trendy and traditional. The people are friendly and knowlegeable about food and wine without being stuffy. The food is great and the prices even better. Great value! I would recommend eating like an Italian - an appetizer, pasta, entree,and dessert. It is worth it to make room for tasting as much as possible. The chef knows how to be creative without compromising flavors. This is our new regular dining spot.
Great Authentic Italian Food and Service
By ginarotundo on 11/8/2004
This place is fantastic. I lived in Italy for many years, Rome in fact and am always searching for authentic Roman/Italian food. What this chef does with Roman dishes is incredible and he changes the menu seasonally - I have never seen that before! We have gone several times and plan to make it our new regular dining spot. The service is friendly and informed and it is nice to eat in the East Village and not be cramed into a restaurant. This place is spacious and comfortable and the garden in beautiful!
A wonderful experience
By gcerulo on 11/20/2010
Very attentive to us as we waited for tables to clear so we could dine using our late Friday evening reservation. The service continued to be exemplary throughout. The pastas and mains were perfectly prepared and arrived promptly after a shared appetizer and salads. Roman style Oxtail with a touch of chocolate added in the finishing with a side of roasted potatoes is practically unctuous in it's richness. Don't miss.
By fridayguru on 5/16/2012
We had a lovely meal for Mother's Day at Cacio e Pepe. The pastas, including the cacio e pepe and the bucatini all'amatriciana, were perfectly seasoned and the former was prepared table side in a wheel of pecorino romano. The veal saltimbocca was likewise well-received by the group. The wine list had good options at many price points and the service was attentive without being annoying. It was a nice find in a neighborhood we don't usually frequent.
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