Carbonara means “in the manner of coal miners,” I am not sure of the actual origin of Pasta Carbonara. Food is sometimes named based on its’ appearance. It is possible that the name originated from the flecks of black pepper that appear to look like coal dust against the pasta, creamy eggs and cheese. I have heard others say that it may be that it was originally served in a Roman restaurant called Carbonara. Nevertheless, it is a tasty, quick and easy dish to prepare.