Cacio e pepe literally translates to cheese and pepper from Italian and is the epitome of comfort food. It’s just pasta, lots of cheese (traditionally pecorino Romano, a hard, salty cheese) that melts into a creamy sauce, and flecks of freshly ground black pepper that lend a gentle heat to the mix. Although it’s a dish as old as Michelangelo, it’s been trending lately, thanks to the Internet where the likes of Chrissy Teigen have made it a viral food obsession. All over Instagram, foodies are forking their cacao e pepe on video, tossing grated cheese into hot pasta and inspiring chefs to create their own unconventional versions of the dish. David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi in New York makes a version using chickpea hozon — a fermented seasoning much like miso — instead of cheese.