The secret to Tratto's simple - but killer — cacio e pepe

Feb 10, 2019 462

BY: Dominic Armato

Since opening in 2016, Tratto, Chris Bianco's trattoria, has helped set the pace for Italian fare in Phoenix. But among the five-star restaurant's Arizona-flecked creations, one of the simplest — a classic pillar of Roman cuisine — has proven to be a popular favorite. This shouldn't come as a surprise. The cacio e pepe at Tratto is a killer dish.

Cacio e pepe... that’s a pasta dish, right? Exactly right! One of four iconic dishes, in fact — alongside Amatriciana, carbonara and pasta alla gricia — that are the essence of Roman pasta. Each is a little different, but they share a common soul.

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