When Chef Mike described this sandwich as an Italian grilled cheese with the aforementioned ingredients, I was a bit skeptical to say the least, but the end result was nothing shy of culinary greatness.
His description of the Teora had me thinking this would be a heavy, overly rich, immensely seasoned sandwich that no health-conscious person would dare attempt. I was wrong, very wrong.
To my surprise, this culinary masterpiece was light and airy with flavors and textures all living in perfect harmony. The crunch of the pan-fried bread was the first thing to hit my senses, immediately followed by the snap of perfectly cooked 16/20 shrimp.
Note: 16/20 shrimp is the industry standard jargon for the shrimp’s size, meaning 16 to 20 shrimp per pound – that, my fellow foodies, means nice FAT shrimp.
Next came the rich cheesy goodness of the seasoned ricotta and mozzarella, with undertones of garlic and a perfectly balanced heat from the hot pepper flakes. This is a sandwich you can't stop eating... and although I don't rate non-burger sandwiches, for all my die-hard burger freak friends, trust me, this is a sandwich you always look for but seldom get to taste...