The first time my wife Megan and I went to Rome together was in 2007. We ate pasta for three days straight. On our last night, we swore there would be no pasta. We went to a fish restaurant named Pierluigi to seal the deal. They had a beautiful display of fresh fish on ice, and we picked our fish for the mixed grill and waited. As we were talking at the table, the waiter brought over a pasta dish with swordfish and eggplant fries on top — still in the pan. He placed it in the middle of the table and gave us each a dish.
"Excuse me, but we didn't order this," I said to him.
He looked at us and said, "You need to start your meal with something. You can't just have the fish."
So we started eating the pasta anyway. We didn't stop eating it until we were fighting over the last bite. It was the best pasta dish of the entire trip. When I got home, I started experimenting immediately.
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