What makes good Italian food and a great Italian restaurant? This is what I think.
Italy has a wonderful tradition of fine nutrients. Italian food’s importance to Italian culture cannot be overstated. It is among the central elements, and why don’t it be? Think about Italy’s geography for a second:
It runs the distance from north to south. Therefore, it has a wide array of growing seasons and soil types. This means a rich diversity of ingredients for food.
It is a peninsula, meaning it is nearly surrounded in the sea but also connected to fantastic Eurasian land bulk. There is an abundance of fresh seafood and foreign ingredients from neighboring lands.
It sits between Europe and Africa in the Mediterranean. All Mediterranean cultures have excellent food traditions from North Africa to Lebanon and Israel, France, Greece, Spain and, of course, Toscana.
When you associated with noodles and pasta, you probably consider Italy, but those wonderful inventions found Italy from China thanks to Marco Polo. It notifys you a lot about Italian food culture that something so basic became together with Italy even although it did not originate there.
Anyway, food is often a key element of Italian culture. Therefore, the food is important part of the restaurant. Of course, a great Italian restaurant will possess a great wine list, a clean and stylish decor, and wonderful service, but a suitable Italian restaurant can get by on great food alone, regardless if they have a crummy wine list, poor service, which has a dingy decoration option.
By the way, if you leave an “Italian” restaurant hungry, it’s in no way authentic. A white tablecloth and high bill do not a great bistro ensure. 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 aspect of a great Italian restaurant is the service. The service will be warm and professional, but not overly friendly. Wedding ceremony orders are taken and the meal gets rolling, there isn’t a should be nearly invisible. Run — don’t walk — from any Italian restaurant where the waitperson address the table like this:
“How everyone doin’ at some point?” when ladies are seated at the table. This is most un-Italian industry experts. An Italian would never call girls “guy.” During spaghetti-and-meatballs-type places, the waiter might say, “How is everyone this evening?” The won’t tarry with small talk in the white-tablecloth places, not fortunately ones, however. It is all about the meal and the comfort.
The third aspect of any great Italian restaurant will be the ambiance. I don’t know what it is, but Italians are able to build a wonderful atmosphere anywhere. I’ve eaten at places in strip malls in the suburbs of Denver — as un-romantic a setting as there is — arrive close to great. A completely outstanding Italian restaurant will just possess a certain feeling from the second you walk in the door, a warmth and maybe a glow that can’t really be described.
So the priorities are food first, service second, and a ambiance final. If all three are met, you have found a great Italian restaurant.
Ciro & Sal’s
4 Kiley Ct, Provincetown, MA 02657