Paccheri alla gricia

Alla gricia is one of the dishes that is available in every single street corner in Rome, but it is virtually unknown in the rest of the country. After all, we can’t speak of one unified Italian kitchen, but of several regional, and distinctly different, cuisines. This dish is actually the forefather of yet another typically Roman dish – amatriciana. Simple but delicious, alla gricia was created in the small town of Griciano in Northern Lazio before the tomato was introduced to Europe. Even today there is annual festival taking place, where they commemorate Griciano’s special contribution to the Italian food culture.

Paccheri alla gricia


140 gr/5 oz guanciale or pancetta, diced

olive oil for frying

freshly ground black pepper

Pecorino Romano cheese, freshly grated

1 dl/0.5 cup white wine (optional)

paccheri or rigatoni or bucatini

Instructions: Paccheri alla gricia

Heat olive oil in a pan and fry the guanciale, or pancetta, if the Roman delicacy isn’t readily available. Keep the temperature high so that the fat burns and the meat starts to brown. You can enhance the taste with white wine. Cook the pasta of your choice in a pot with salted boiling water until al dente. Mix the pasta and the sauce together and make sure that the pasta gets moist with the oil and guanciale. Serve each plate with freshly ground black pepper and grated Pecorino Romano.


18 thoughts on “Paccheri alla gricia

    • Thank you, Norma! And I was so happy to hear that the zucchini balls were a success at your house. If a dish is good even when it is cold, that is always a good sign…

  1. Fabulous. Would love to visit the little town of Griciano and partake in the festival. Pancetta sounds like a delicious alternative to the traditional red sauce. White wine the finale to the pasta dish.
    Thanks for visiting my blog :Stove-top Zucchini recipe.

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  4. I love this- had it quite a few times in Rome. I had one version with ricotta cheese which was amazing! Was also vet pleased to find proper guanciale in Lina Stores in Soho!

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