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Fill up with Rome's King of Carbonara Luciano Monosilio

Catching up with the King of Carbonara, Luciano Monosilio at his restaurant Luciano Cucina. Photo: Darius Arya

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There is something about carbonara. When it is good, it is amazing and when it’s bad, it’s breakfast. I should know. I grew up eating carbonara at least once a week until September 2013, when I eat a plate of Luciano Monosilio’s award-winning carbonara. My mind was blown- what kind of eggs did he use? what did he do to the guanciale. I stopped eating carbonara that very day, and would only allow myself my favorite dish if Luciano made it or it was recognized as just as amazing. In 2014, I ate carbonara only four times so you can guess how good his is.

Luciano is Italy’s reigning King of Carbonara and currently chef/owner of Luciano Cucina. From Albano Laziale to Michelin starred chef, in just a few years, Luciano put my favorite dish, carbonara, in the center of the table and in conversation all over Italy. And then he decided to step out of the box and literally turn the tables by going solo with his eponymous Luciano Cucina, a new gen trattoria subtly spreading the culinary renaissance all over Italy. He’s my first podcast guest, and I’m lucky thatLuciano Cucina is just around the corner from my home in Campo de’ Fiori.

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Want to hear Luciano tell all on what makes Carbonara the very best comfort food in the world? Grab a fork, press play on the player above and catch the conversation with JJ Martin of La Double J.

Chef Luciano Monosilio. Photo: Erica Firpo

Carbonara’s key ingredients. Photo: Erica Firpo

Me and Chef Luciano Monosilio, aka the only man who has ever made me cry…. for carbonara. Photo: Darius Arya

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