I have a confession to make.
I don't know very much about Italian food.
In fact, whenever I think of Italian food, about the only thing that really pops into my mind is spaghetti.
My level of sophistication with Italian food is about at the same level as those who always order Sweet and Sour Pork at a Chinese restaurant.
I'm not exactly proud of that, but that's where I am.
In any event, I love a good plate of spaghetti every now and then. Spaghetti is one of my lifelong cravings.
The problem is that I have a hard time which spaghetti dish I want from the menu. At the typical Italian restaurant, I see three spaghetti offerings that appeal to me:
1) Spaghetti With Marinara Sauce
2) Spaghetti With Meat Sauce
3) Spaghetti With Meat Balls
My problem is that I want all three of them.
Every time I order Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, I miss the meat sauce and the meat balls.
Every time I order Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, I miss the marinara sauce and the meat balls.
Every time I order Spaghetti with Meat Balls, I miss the meat sauce and marinara sauce.
In other words, every time I order one of these spaghetti dishes separately, I feel like I am missing something.
Last week, I went to an Italian restaurant and tried something weird. I told the waitress that I wanted to order Spagetti with Marinara Sauce AND Meat Sauce AND three Meat Balls.
I also told her that I wanted plenty of garlic, green peppers, and hot peppers mixed in as well.
I told her to sprinkle in a few capers as well.
She told me that she would get the chef to accomodate my request.
The result was spaghetti heaven! I loved the contrast between the meat balls and ground meat in the meat sauce. I loved the spicy marinara sauce mixed with it. I loved the extra garlic and peppers. I loved the added flavor the capers provided.
One more thing. I prefer those thick spaghetti noodles. Not those thin ones. This restaurant came through with the thick ones.
I am kinda wondering why more people don't create their own spaghetti preferences, just as they do with pizza and chili? Or do they?
In any event, I am wondering if there's anybody else on this board who can relate to spaghetti cravings such as these.