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What I Ate: March 30, 2009 (South Beach Cafe, Pizza Hut)

Posted 31 March, 2009 at 2:49am by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Cliff and I walked over to South Beach Cafe. I had a Prosciutto Sandwich which I enjoyed. The salad accompanying it was particularly good today.
South Beach Cafe - Prosciutto Sandwich

For dinner, I convinced Tina to let me get a Pizza Hut Tuscani Lasagna. The reason I did this was because at Fanpop we were discussing the Pizza Hut commercial where Pizza Hut supposedly rigged hidden cameras in a restaurant in Rome and had lasagna served that had been made by Pizza Hut. The patrons loved the lasagna going as far as to claim it tasted just like their mother's recipe! There's NO WAY. American meat lasagnas, although very tasty, are so incredibly different from the types served in Italy, no Italian would ever say it was like the ones their mother used to make. Pizza Hut went as far as to produce a Behind the Scenes making of video to "prove" that it was real. Maybe it was, but certainly it had to be a different recipe with different ingredients.
Pizza Hut - Tuscani Lasagna

The Pizza Hut Tuscani Lasanga is certainly not the type of lasagna served in Tuscany (which uses a bechamel as its base) - this one was loaded with tomato sauce and used a decent amount of ricotta cheese which is rarely found in lasagna outside of the United States. It tasted alright, but nothing special. More than anything it tasted Italian American, so how was it possible for Romans to think this was an example of great lasagna?
Pizza Hut - Tuscani Lasagna Slice

I had a gift certificate for Pizza Hut, so to use up the rest of the money, I bought some buffalo wings as well. Overall, the value was pretty good - $16 for what they claim to be a three pound lasagna with breadsticks.
Pizza Hut - Buffalo Wings

I also mixed up a salad to eat.
Salad with Creamy Ranch Dressing

3 comments to What I Ate: March 30, 2009 (South Beach Cafe, Pizza Hut)

Don, March 31st, 2009 at 10:26 am:

  • That's is the flattest lasagna I've ever seen. That couldn't have been many layers.

Scott, March 31st, 2009 at 10:32 am:

  • They must have asked American tourists in Rome.

Michael Chu, March 31st, 2009 at 9:28 pm:

  • Don, It was VERY thin. Maybe a only two or three layers of pasta and one layer of ricotta that I could tell.

    Scott, I thought the very same thing, except they spoke Italian in the commercial (which is not to say that American tourists don't learn Italian, but it's not so likely).