No tienen frijoles negros? I ask. (Don't you have black beans?) No, he replies. How disappointing. I speak Spanish fluently and lived in Mexico for five years, and here I am talking with some real, live Mexican brothers and sisters (from Michoacan, they tell me) and I can't get any black beans! What about corn tortillas? I ask.
No, Señor, he says.
Oh my gosh... I had all but given up on my quixotic attempt to find authentic Mexican food in Nashville. For anyone keeping
Questi si chiamano gnocchi.
I remeber that phrase like it was yesterday. It was a 5-year-old after all who was telling me what gnocchi were and was all to kind to inform me that my Italian pronunciation was terrible. That child is 10 now, but I cherish my experience with my Italian host family as much as I cherish Italian food itself. If Superman's weakness is kryptonite, mine most certainly is a good Linguine Carbonara.
But when Giancarlo, owner of Sole Mio Fine Italia