We have a favorite local family restaurant where we go as a family to celebrate our birthdays or other special occasions. They have yummy food the kids like, as well as for us older members of the family. Everything is fresh and delicious and the service has never ruined a meal.
At this restaurant, as soon as we’re seated, they bring out delicious bread with dipping oil. Even though their food is delicious, I would be just as happy with a glass of wine, the basket of warm bread, and the dipping oil.
Good news: We now recreate this dipping oil at home, which is nice, since I can’t afford to eat out as often as I’d like to!
a generous amount of good quality olive oil
a decent amount of black pepper
plenty of garlic powder or freshly chopped garlic
as much ground cayenne pepper as you can tolerate (or red pepper flakes)
a few teaspoons of freshly grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
a little dried oregano
Mix together in a small bowl (I use one of my cute new dipping bowls) and serve with good crusty bread.