gknb: If the restaurant had to be based on a writer himself and not his work, then I would choose Ernest Hemingway since he is among the few authors whose life is just as fascinating as his works. In addition to winning the Nobel Prize and being considered by many to be the best American writer of the century, his personal life was full of alcohol filled sexcapades and adventures in exotic locations. He once survived not one but TWO plane crashes on a single African trip and had to hike through the bush to get help! A restaurant themed after this man's man would be based on his many legends in Cuba, Africa, and, of all places, Idaho, where he ultimately committed suicide.
amekurin: I would say “Timpano”! I saw this in a movie, “Big Night” (1996, USA). Two brothers, who run Italian restaurant, organize one special night with their special dishes. The highlight of the night was Timpano. I have never tried it because never been available in any Italian restaurants, but that is my dream dish. I cannot explain by word, so please find in the following link: http://comfortablefood.com/timpano-pasta-dome/
sonali_kpfk: A restaurant based on the life and work of Ian Fleming, the author best known for his James Bond books, would be just down right awesome! I would name the tables after the James Bond movies and the food would be from his favorite exotic locations . Imagine ordering a Bahamian Roast Pork Pepperpot from the Goldeneye table ... while sipping on your martini, of course. I would also reserve a special VIP room themed in one of Ian Fleming's "other" famous works "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang"! Email me to make your reservations right now ;-)
adnajr: No other than, " don't eat before reading this" Anthony Bourdain. His bestselling books have shown how food ihas put a bridge between continents No Reservation. Around the world in am empty stomach A Cook's tour Kitchen confidential. Adventures in the culinary underbelly Any restaurant that bears his culinary inspiration is surely worth a try....
dananapancakes: George R.R. Martin...because have you read his sumptuous food descriptions?! Every feast in the A Song of Ice and Fire series makes me wish I had been born to a noble house in Westeros. Plus, the range of foods to be served would be an absolute treasure trove, using recipes from the official Game of Thrones cookbook "A Feast of Ice & Fire": foods like Sansa's Lemoncake and Night's Watch Porkpies would be must-eats.
dananapancakes: You can never go wrong with ossobuco alla milanese; the tender, falling-off-the-bone meat and luxurious marrow at the center of the shank tickle my palate every time. Accompanied by flavorful gremolata -- I'm a sucker for anything zesty and garlicky -- and comforting risotto, ossobuco alla milanese always makes me feel all fuzzy and warm on the inside no matter how sucky my day has been :)
jollyjack: Ravioli, its the Italian version of Chinese dumplings. You can put anything in it, wrap it and sauce it up. Not messy at all and great for a first date cooking suprise if you make the raviolis into heart shapes.
antproof: My entry wanders off the beaten path a bit here but I submit espresso, the Italian thing that makes living daily life possible for me. Served in a cup, rather than served as a dish, of course, if that is the only way to qualify; What it does do that I appreciate is to give me the feeling like I was just shot right out of a canon!
rollshots: My favorite Italian dish must be: Orecchiette alle broccoli di rapa. This pasta dish from the Apulian region contains the best pasta type: Orecchiette and is served with broccoli raab, a South-European vegetable. Next to the delicious flavour, this dish reminds me about my amazing time when I used to live in the town of Bari, Italy, where some friends introduced me to the Orecchiette!
gknb: I always go for the desserts and my favorite Italian dessert is Tiramisu. Imagine a square of goodness that has a very light almost-like-mocha-flavored-whipped-cream concoction on lady finger pastry soaked (no, more like “kissed”) with strong espresso coffee. Take a bite and you will experience the greatest dessert ecstasy of your life. You, my friend, are in Heaven, and Heaven is in your mouth!
narsfweasels: Yep, that is NOT a "monster" plate of nachos. Unless it has hidden fangs, several eyes and a spiny poison-tipped tail.
Then it would be a monster. A really weird looking one that disguises itself as an inadequate portion of nachos.
I mean, what kind of evolutionary dead-end is that? People just be sending you back the whole time... "Here's you're nacho plate that definitely isn't a disguised monster." "Seriously dude? Take that back and bring me a REAL portion.".