Dish No. 3: Spaghetti Alla Carbonara at Lupa
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike.
Today's pick: Spaghetti alla carbonara from Lupa Osteria Romana.
There are many wonderful things to eat at Lupa -- try the sweet and sour house-cured tongue! -- but the classic Roman pasta dish spaghetti alla carbonara might be the best thing going.
This dish contains none of those American bastardizations of cream, bacon, or peas. Instead, it's simplicity itself: spaghetti cooked al dente, made lush and glossy with a bare sauce of egg, sharp Pecorino, and a tiny amount of the pasta cooking water. Bits of guanciale -- cured pork jowl -- crisped in its own fat lurk among the strands of pasta, and the whole thing is copiously speckled with ground black pepper. It's both rich and austere, a perfect cold-weather dinner.
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