Italian tradition is all about family and enjoying food slowly allowing the ingredients to mix and to release that wonderful smell of home-cooked meal. Seconds matter between having wonderfully prepared pasta and a mush with spices. There is nothing fast about Italian cuisine.
Even though the preparation doesn’t last long, it should be slow in order to allow the cook to enjoy the process and add ingredient by ingredient. It is all about following certain steps and respecting each one. It is a lifestyle, love on a plate. It is a way to say your family you care and that you appreciate the time spent together. It is not something that can be prepared and eaten fast because all the magic would be lost.
Chipotle serve their customers very fast. Their level of service is on a very high level, but the food is different. It doesn’t lose its quality because of the speed. People who come to Chipotle expect their food almost instantly, eat it and then go back to work and their everyday obligations.
There has been one attempt by one German chef who wanted to give the real Italian food to the customers and be able to eat wonderful pasta, but not wait too long. It is called Vapiano and the price of the dishes is slightly higher than in Chipotle and the serving time is a little bit longer.
Each type of pasta needs a certain time to be prepared. When cooking larger quantities, the quality may be lost. The best taste is when it is prepared just like at home. The difference is quite visible. That small amount of pasta that someone prepared just for you with lots of parmesan and basil on top will thrill all your senses and be truly worth the wait.
Besides, you can be sure that the meal is completely fresh and with quality ingredients. Every time the quantity increases, the quality drops. Even if you eat it, the taste won’t be the same at all. The sauces lose their flavor they are so widely known for.
Even though many people would be happy to see Italian dishes available fast, the excitement would soon disappear altogether with the phenomenal taste of Italian cuisine. Patience is a virtue. It is absolutely worth waiting for the dish to be prepared just for you.
Commercialization of Italian dishes would really be a shame and that purpose of getting a family closer would completely be lost. People are already distant enough. The meal is the only time when a family can gather around, talk, enjoy and appreciate the food that is on the table and be grateful.
It is what food should be about. It is not only about getting a stomach full and run to finish everything you have. The life is very fast lately and enjoying in a moment has become a luxury, so why not give that to yourself and your family?