I found this recipe in the Food Network Favorites Cookbook. That recipe used 8 slices of pancetta and excluded the chives. The texture, taste and consistency were perfect. I liked the cinnamon, adding it was a first for me, but it is a distinct taste that I don't think I would want on a regular basis. Definitely worth trying at least once!
I love Giada, this is a must try. I've made this several times, excellent every time. Make sure your whipping cream, cheese, and egg yolks are all at room temp. Your sauce will come together more quickly and be very creamy. Heaven in every bite.
I watched Giada make this dish, and really wanted to try it. I did a search here, and luckily this recipe was posted. I have many many carbonara variations in my time (please see my To Die for Carbonara by Tom Cruise #99354) I swore I would never try another recipe because EVERYONE loves my carbonara...until I made this...This was TERRIFIC!!! Do not let the cinnamon scare you off...it is NEEDED! Easy and impressive for guests!