Cheese Wheel Pasta: bathe your pasta in melted cheese


cheese wheel pasta

Where Can I Get it?  |  How Can I Make It?

What is cheese wheel pasta?

Cheese wheel pasta (a.k.a. pasta alla ruota) 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 country.  Here are several places that serve the best versions of this melted cheese dish.

Houston, TX: Ragu & Pesto

photo:  Ragu & Pesto on Facebook

Little Rock, AR: Vesuvio Bistro

photo: Vesuvio Bistro on Facebook

New York, NY: Cacio e Pepe

photo: Cacio e Pepe on Facebook

Las Vegas, NV: Salute

photo: Salute on Facebook

Los Angeles, CA: Le Petit Paris

photo: @lepetitparis_la on Instagram

San Diego, CA: Monello


Santa Monica, CA: Forma

photo: Forma on Facebook

Looking for more places that serve cheese wheel pasta?  You can find them on Glutto right here.

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 on Glutto here.

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  1. First, cut open the parmigiano reggiano wheel by following the above 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!


  1. This may sound like a stupid question .. but can you wash off – hollow out further and use … Or is this for one time use to only?

    • Your cheese wheel can definitely be reused. Just scrape the top layer off, cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge.

  2. Where can I purchase a small cheese wheel

    • You can get a small 2.2 pound manchego cheese wheel that works great as a pasta bowl on Amazon here:

      Large authentic parmesan cheese wheels are over 80 pounds and cost $2000+, so it’s a much more convenient option. 🙂


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