Maybe I'm biased, but Italian food is hands down, the best cuisine in the world. Most often it's simply prepared but can be as equally elegant as French cuisine. In Italian cuisine, flavors are raw, original and not subverted. While French cuisine is complex, flavor can sometimes be hidden or overtaken. Italian food on the other hand, never loses, and in fact celebrates, the original earthen flavors of its ingredients.
I've been getting better at traveling and now make sure that all my senses experience the places I visit. Ahead of time, I scoped out Venice's top restaurants and made a point of visiting them for dinner. While we dined on pizza for lunch, dinner was always something spectacular. I let Mr. Wild Dingo chose a restaurant exactly one time. He chose Harry's Bar. If Ernest Hemmingway was a frequent guest, it must be good, right? I knew better, but took the chance. He may as well chose Chuckie Cheeses or The Hard Rock Cafe because that had to be our worst dining experience, which is really hard to do in a place like Venice. After that, he was not allowed to choose another restaurant, and we never had another meal below delectable.
One of Venice's typical foods is Sepia Nero, or Cuttlefish with its ink. Cuttlefish are mollusks, among the same class of Octopus and Squid. Recent studies have found them to be one of the most intelligent invertebrates with one of the largest brain-to-body size ratios of all invertebrates. I like fish, but I've never had Cuttlefish so I ordered it. As soon as it came, Mr. Wild Dingo pointed out that it looked like a tick. Naturally we switched dishes after that comment. And he found it delightful.
Note to self: Not only does Mr. Wild Dingo not get to choose restaurants, but he's not allowed to speak during dinner.
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