Posts Tagged ‘Italian’

My Style

My Style? I love dark roasted coffee and woodfired pizzas. I love aioli, cast iron, and French onion soup. Bottles of La Chasse du Pape, charred peppers and anchoide. Crusty bread, pistou, and eggs fried in olive oil, with sumac and crushed red peppers. Pate’ campagne, pigs trotters and sweetbreads grenobloise. Pasta arabiatta, bouillabasse with rouille, and carbonara. I can totally appreciate The French Laundry but home is smoke, fire, Dutch ovens and a table you can put your elbows on.

The Rant Pt…yada yada yada- Olive Garden

Sorry, I just had to mention this restaurant chain by name. It’s amazing all these Olive Garden chefs can go to school in Tuscany and all they can come back with is variations on Alfredo sauce, Oh- excuse me and Marinara…

These commercials, ‘when you’re here you’re family’ just sweetens the mix like Budweiser trying to convice that they are artisan and only use the finest of the finest- well, I’ve had their beer and I just don’t buy it (pun.) But the world does which tells me billions of dollars worth of advertising makes an impact. If I got to spend a ton of money to tell you how great my stuff is its probably because you would not reach the same conclusion on your own after having it.

Oh, yes- back to the Olive Garden. The latest commercial is “Hey, I’d like to try something new!” Well, I’ve got just the ticket- A Chicken Breast CARBONARA! (But wait! ..or a Shrimp CARBONARA!) Made with their own special Parmesan CARBONARA sauce- no doubt the same Alfredo with bacon in it- the wheel has been reinvented! These places do business hand over fist and a part of me dies when I think that there is a little mom N’ pop Italian place that is doing the real thing in suburban America that is going out of business while America lines up like drones for the latest variation on Alfredo.