Bobby Flay called it one of his ‘all time favorite pasta dishes’

Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis learned how to make the anchovy sauce while filming Food Network’s “Bobby and Giada” in Italy in 2021, per Youtube. They visited Roscioli Ristorante Salumeria in Rome, where Flay was told the anchovies were so delicate that cooking them over heat would break them down. Given this, the only option was to cook them in boiling water for pasta. The result is a buttery, creamy emulsion mixed with pasta and topped with more anchovies.

Flay notes in the video that the pasta looks like it’s been glazed in olive oil, but “when you taste it, that’s when the magic starts to happen.” The veteran celebrity chef is then rendered speechless after biting into the dish.

Whether or not this is Flay’s first time at the restaurant is unclear, but some of his followers have visited, according to some of the comments on his instagram Publish. “It was cool to have been there before seeing this show and then going to see my wife ‘Hey, we’ve been there!’ while looking at it,” one says with an LOL emoji. Another pointed out that the restaurant was “My favorite in Rome! I think I sat exactly where you are in this photo 😉 For me it’s Cacio e Pepe.”