Spaghetti alla carbonara is one of the most popular recipes in Rome. Theories about its origin range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Some insist carbonara gets its moniker from the large quantities of black pepper in it. Don’t worry, it’s not spicy! The pepper makes it look like it’s flecked with carbon (carbone). I can guarantee you haven’t tried bacon, eggs and cheese like this. It’s simple, satisfying, and impressive. This dish is accompanied by chicken parmigiana and a panzanella salad.