The single BEST Italian dish I’ve ever eaten was in an Italian restaurant on The Ginza in Tokyo, Japan. Crazy, right?
Maybe it was so good because for the two week prior I had been eating some pretty exotic Japanese fare – some good, some unidentifiable. Even so, 20 years later, I still remember every sensuous, silky and slurpy bite of that pasta masterpiece.
The chef rolled an entire wheel of authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese up beside our table. The center of the wheel had been scooped out, forming a veritable cheese bowl. Taking a scoop, the chef dug into the center of the wheel breaking off shards to form a mound of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Working quickly, he broke an egg onto the cheese and added cream. Then he dropped in steaming hot cooked spaghetti strands on top. With two mixing spoons, he combined it all together and slid it onto our waiting plates. A little cracked black pepper completed the presentation.
I didn’t know whether to say ‘Domo Arigato’, ‘Mille Grazie’ or ‘Thank You’, but in any language it was a perfect plate of pasta.
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