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Old 08-12-2019, 02:29 PM
mtnmatt is offline
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 8
New to California, I went with my colleagues to a Japanese shopping plaza in Costa Mesa for its food court. One option was called "Italian Tomato" and it seemed most likely to have something my less-than-adventurous self would find appealing, and potentially like food I'd get at home in NY. I guess I got some kind of pasta with red sauce and it was terrible.

I later asked a Japanese-American colleague about it, and she explained that it was exactly like how Italian food is prepared in Japan - which is nothing at all like what I was expecting, but what most of the patrons at this place wanted and were expecting.

Not sure if that makes it Authentic, or a FAIL - it depends on perspective. But I never went back.