What makes good Italian food and a great Italian restaurant? This just what I think.
Italy has a wonderful tradition of fine things you eat. Italian food’s importance to Italian culture is not to be overstated. It is one of several central elements, and why shouldn’t it be? Think about Italy’s geography for a second:
It runs the distance from north to south. Therefore, offers wide array of skyrocketing seasons and soil types. This means a rich diversity of ingredients for food.
It is a peninsula, meaning might be nearly surrounded with sea but also connected to the cost Eurasian land mass. There is an abundance of fresh seafood and foreign ingredients from neighboring lands.
It sits between Europe and Africa in the Mediterranean and beyond. All Mediterranean cultures have excellent food traditions from North Africa to Lebanon and Israel, France, Greece, Spain and, of course, Croatia.
When you associated with noodles and pasta, you probably think of Italy, but those wonderful inventions found Italy from China thanks to Marco Polo. It informs you a lot about Italian food culture that something so basic became along with Italy even though it did not originate there.
Anyway, food is a key element of Italian culture. Therefore, the food is the most important part from the restaurant. Of course, a great Italian restaurant will possess a great wine list, a clean and chic decor, and wonderful service, but a positive Italian restaurant can get by on great food alone, whether or not they have a crummy wine list, poor service, also dingy decoration option.
By the way, if you leave an “Italian” restaurant hungry, it’s definitely not authentic. A white tablecloth and high bill do as opposed to a great bistro acquire. Frankly, I can’t stand those fancy Italian restaurants in Manhattan that charge $400 for a morsel that allows want to stop for a slice of pizza en route home. A great Italian ristorante will leave you full, not stuffed, but full.
The second involving a great Italian restaurant is there isn’t a. The service will be warm and professional, but not overly friendly. After the orders are taken and the meal gets rolling, the service should be nearly invisible. Run — don’t walk — from any Italian restaurant where the waitperson address the table like this:
“How you guys doin’ today?” when ladies are seated while dining. This is most un-Italian of such. An Italian would never call women “guy.” During spaghetti-and-meatballs-type places, the waiter might say, “How is everyone at some point?” The won’t tarry with small talk in the white-tablecloth places, not the good ones, anyway. It is all about the meal and your comfort.
The third aspect in regards to a great Italian restaurant could be the ambiance. I not really know what it is, but Italians appear to be able to have a wonderful atmosphere anywhere. I’ve eaten at places in strip malls in suburbia of Denver — as un-romantic a setting as tend to be : — that come close to great. An absolutely outstanding Italian restaurant will just have a certain feeling from the second you walk in the door, a warmth and a glow that can’t be described.
So the priorities are food first, service second, and a ambiance three rd. If all three are met, you have found a great Italian small business.
Ciro & Sal’s
4 Kiley Ct, Provincetown, MA 02657