Re: What was the best restaurant you ever ate at?
In Rome with my wife & mother-in-law about 7 years ago, we were wandering up & down some side streets, away from the throngs of tourists. It was about 4:00 in the afternoon. We were thirsty, so we stopped at a restaurant to see if we could get something to drink. It was closed, but someone was opening the door with a set of keys.
Through a mixture of broken Italian, English, and hand gestures, we learned that the man opening the door worked in the kitchen. He told us to come back at 8 and he'd have a table for us for dinner. We asked about the menu, and he said he didn't know what it was - he was going to the market to see what looked good and that's what would determine what they would be serving that night.
My wife, mother-in-law, and I returned at 8. We were seated at one of the 5 tables in the restaurant. There were no printed menus. The waiter told us about the 2-3 options for each course, and we ordered.
Now I'm not a very adventurous guy when it comes to food. Think meat & potatoes. My wife and mother-in-law have far more refined tastes with respect to food. Furthermore, my mother-in-law has restaurant grade appliances in her kitchen and knows how to use 'em. These days, most folks have them for show. Not my mother-in-law. She sets foot in her kitchen, and it's all business. It's like watching Monet with a paint brush or listening to Vin Scully call a baseball game. I'd put her cooking up against anyone, anywhere, any time.
For dinner that night, I had a ravioli with ginger sauce. Can't remember what the ladies had. After 2-ish hours of food, drink, and being entertained by the 80 year old mother who was ordering around her 50-ish year old sons in the kitchen, we each concluded that we had never had a better meal. Ever. And it cost us about what we would have paid to go to someplace like Outback Steakhouse for dinner here in the US.
I wish I could remember the name of the place. But I can't. That's alright, tho, because the details aren't important. What's important is that for those couple hours, we each experienced perfection, nirvana, or whatever else you want to call it with respect to the most perfect meal in the history of the universe.
Last edited by 15fan; 11-21-2008 at 12:58 PM.