What makes good Italian food and a great Italian restaurant? This is what I think.
Italy has a wonderful tradition of fine culinary. Italian food’s importance to Italian culture can not overstated. It is one of several central elements, and why don’t it be? Think about Italy’s geography for a second:
It runs some distance from north to south. Therefore, it has a 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 by the 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, The country of italy.
When you think of noodles and pasta, you probably imagine Italy, but those wonderful inventions found Italy from China thanks to Marco Polo. It reveals a lot about Italian food culture that something so basic became associated with Italy even though it did not originate there.
Anyway, food is often 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 stylish decor, and wonderful service, but a suitable Italian restaurant maybe by on great food alone, even if they have a crummy wine list, poor service, including a dingy decoration framework.
By the way, if you leave an “Italian” restaurant hungry, it’s not always authentic. A white tablecloth and high bill do not a great bistro making. Frankly, I can’t stand those fancy Italian restaurants in Manhattan that charge $400 for a morsel that forces you to be want to stop for a slice of pizza during your studies home. A great Italian ristorante will leave you full, not stuffed, but full.
The second involving a great Italian restaurant is 200 dollars per month. The service will be warm and professional, however, not overly friendly. Wedding ceremony orders are taken and the meal gets rolling, this service membership should be nearly invisible. Run — don’t walk — from any Italian restaurant where the waitperson address the table like this:
“How you guys doin’ tonight?” when ladies are seated at the table. This is most un-Italian . An Italian would never call ladies “guy.” In spaghetti-and-meatballs-type places, the waiter might say, “How is everyone today?” The won’t tarry with small talk in the white-tablecloth places, not numerous ones, anyway. It is all about the meal at the same time comfort.
The third aspect of a great Italian restaurant is the ambiance. I don’t know what it is, but Italians seem to be able to build a wonderful atmosphere anywhere. I have eaten at places in strip malls in suburbia of Denver — as un-romantic a setting as have to — that come close to great. A completely outstanding Italian restaurant will just have a certain feeling from the minute you walk in the door, a warmth and maybe a glow that can’t actually be described.
So the priorities are food first, service second, and a ambiance final. If all three are met, you are recommending a great Italian bistro.
Ciro & Sal’s
4 Kiley Ct, Provincetown, MA 02657