Last summer when Dwight and I first started dating, I followed (he asked!) him over to Gotha, Germany for a few weeks because he was gone for something like 6 weeks. It was a nice little medieval type town. Untouched during the war with cute little cobble stone streets and a boat load of Italian restaurants. Random? I thought so. There was one in particular that stood out called La ‘Anticca Trattoria that was amazing. It was as close to Italy as I’ve experienced outside of Italy.
Last week Dwight said he had to go back over because the machine was acting up. I was in because this meant I could go back to my favorite little Italian restaurant!
But that’s the thing about Italian food, it’s simple and magnificent all at the time.
These guys are awesome! The owner is out waiting tables with his trusty side kick. They are lively, hand talking, enthusiastic Italians. The guys down in the kitchen are all Italian. You can see them hand talking, throwing things, laughing and arguing. It is all so funny.
What first got my attention on this trip was the Parmesan wheel sitting right in the middle of this tiny little restaurant. It’s not something you see sitting out at all in the US. I will say though, it might have something to do with the $2500+ price tag, so your neighborhood restaurant probably can’t front that money. Anyway, some of the guys ordered the house pasta with pine nuts. I didn’t think much of it because it was just pine nuts, parm and pasta. I mean, how complicated could that be? I should have been paying more attention to the guys constantly scraping the big wheel of parmesan because what happened next was amazing. Our waiter came up from the kitchen holding a hot sautè pan with pasta in it and some bowls that looked like they had a little bit of cream and arugula on the bottom. He dumped the pasta on top of the parmesan and started mixing.
It wasn’t just Dwight and I that were amazed, the other European guys with us had also not seen this before. It was so cool. But that’s the thing about Italian food, it’s simple and magnificent all at the same time. They transformed what I thought was a basic dish into something show-stopping and beyond delicious.
We went on to have our Grappa and Limoncello after dinner. Talking, laughing and having fun. There is something very special about this little slice of Italy inside of Gotha.