Cheese wheel pasta is a style of pasta that is made tableside by mixing freshly cooked pasta in a hollowed cheese wheel. A layer of cheese is scraped inside the wheel so it melts when the hot pasta is mixed in.  Sometimes, the cheese is lit on fire to induce melting…

As far as the internet has told us, there is no single official name for “cheese wheel pasta” since pasta dishes made in cheese wheels are known by many different names depending on the restaurant.  However, one particular restaurant in Santa Monica, California is taking credit for naming this style of pasta “dalla forma” which literally translates to “from form” or “from forma” (Forma is the name of the restaurant).

Btw, if you love melted cheese dishes, you’ll also want to check out raclette and flaming saganaki.  And if you’re feeling a tad adventurous, you may want to try cheese tea.

Where can I get it?
You can get this pasta made hot and fresh from a carved cheese wheel in select Italian restaurants across the United States.  Here are several places that serve the best versions of this melted cheese dish.

Ragu & Pesto Houston, TX

6445 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77057

Little Rock, AR: Vesuvio BIstro

1315 Breckenridge Drive
Little Rock, AR 72227

Cacio e Pepe New York, NY

182 2 Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Salute Las Vegas, NV

11011 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89135

Le Petit Paris Los Angeles, CA

418 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013


 Monello San Diego, CA

750 W Fir St
San Diego, CA 92101


Forma, Santa Monica, CA

1610 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403


How can I make it?  

Cheese wheel pasta is a great dish to make if you really want to impress your friends and family.  The ingredients are very simple and can be customized to your taste.  To make the popular cheese wheel pasta dish “cacio e pepe” you’ll need to follow this recipe that you can also save to your bookmarks.

Special Tools
* cheese wheel cutter

* 1 or 1/2 wheel of parmigiano-reggiano
* 1 cup pecorino Romano
* 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
* 3/4 cup long pasta of your choice (spaghetti, linguini, etc.)
* olive oil
* salt
1. First, cut open the parmigiano reggiano wheel by following this video

2. Then, boil a pot of salted water to cook the pasta.
3. Once the water is at a rapid boil, place the pasta in the water and cook until al dente.
4. Scrape the inside of the cheese wheel to create a bowl shape (leave cheese scrapings).
5. Put the hot cooked pasta in the scraped cheese wheel and mix until the cheese is creamy and melted onto the pasta.
6. Add black pepper and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Source Glutto Digest

Le Petit Paris LA

Monello Sandiego California

Ragu and Pesto Houston Texas

Forma Santa Monica

Vesuvio Bistro AR

Cacio e Pepe New York, NY

Salute Las Vegas, NV

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