Al dente, al dente

“To the tooth”, pasta checked (chewed) periodically during cooking to get just the right firm texture.

There was an Italian restaurant in Marlboro, Mass years ago with an owner who constantly circled through the kitchen saying “al dente, al dente!” and sampling all the cooks’ pasta. If it was mushy, he’d throw it out and make them start over.

Apparently nobody does this at the Framingham Olive Garden.

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