What makes good Italian food and a great Italian restaurant? This precisely what I think.
Italy has a wonderful tradition of fine nutrients. Italian food’s importance to Italian culture is not to be overstated. It is among the central elements, and why shouldn’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 growing seasons and soil types. This means a rich diversity of ingredients for food.
It is a peninsula, meaning can nearly surrounded with 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 Med. 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 tells you a lot about Italian food culture that something so basic became connected 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 from the restaurant. Of course, a great Italian restaurant will have a great wine list, a clean and chic decor, and wonderful service, but a suitable Italian restaurant are certain to get by on great food alone, regardless if they have a crummy wine list, poor service, which has a dingy decoration scheme.
By the way, if you leave an “Italian” restaurant hungry, it’s far from authentic. A white tablecloth and high bill do attain a great 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 each month. The service will be warm and professional, even so, 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’ for dinner?” when ladies are seated at the table. This is most un-Italian . An Italian would never call girls “guy.” During spaghetti-and-meatballs-type places, the waiter might say, “How is everyone tonite?” The won’t tarry with small talk in the white-tablecloth places, not fortunately ones, need. It is all about the meal properly comfort.
The third aspect of any great Italian restaurant will be the ambiance. I’m not sure what it is, but Italians are able to build a wonderful atmosphere anywhere. I’ve eaten at places in strip malls in the suburban areas of Denver — as un-romantic a setting as there is — that come close to great. A totally outstanding Italian restaurant will just possess a certain feeling from the minute you walk in the door, a warmth and too a glow that can’t really 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 eating venue.
Ciro & Sal’s
4 Kiley Ct, Provincetown, MA 02657