Yesterday my wife asked me what is the best food I’ve ever had. The meal I liked the most. Not my favorite dish, but an actual meal I had that I still remember as the best of my life.
It’s a pretty difficult question, because even if my favorite food is pizza, and I ate very good pizzas, I don’t think I’ve ever had a pizza that made me forget everything after the first bite. I think it depends on how hungry you were, what were your body’s needs, if the mood was right. That’s why I’m curious about you.
For me, I think it was a hamburger with bacon I ate at a restaurant in Roma Termini station in 2002. I remember a friend of mine told me “if you’re ever looking for lunch in Rome near Termini, go there and order a bacon burger”, and so one time I did. After the first bite, all senses were blank, everything was flavor. That burger stuck so strong in my mind that I hoped to eat there again for years and years. I never could.
And yes, it is a difficult question indeed. I had a few meals that stick out, because of the circumstances surrounding them (like in the Restaurant on top of the Space Needle, Seattle; or on my wedding day), though if this is all about the food itself, one of the very best meals I remember were Spaghetti in white wine with sun-dried tomatoes, shrimp and rucola. It’s from a recipe found in Everyday Pasta (p. 200), and it was the first time I made that (plenty of other good recipes in there, btw!).
To this day, I made the same dish about a dozen times at least, but never did I manage to recreate the taste it had that very first time. I suspect it greatly depends on the wine, and unfortunately I don’t have the slightest clue which one I had around that very first time.
The problem is, everything they cooked was delicious (save the spinach), so it would be impossible to answer @Guga’s actual question. I’d commit major crimes to get my hand on my granny’s Savoy cabbage recipe.