You know the rule: No cheese on pasta with seafood. Italians are serious about this rule. That’s why, for example, linguine alle vongole (with clams) never gets cheese. The Parmigiano would compete with or overpower the delicate seafood flavors. Sure you can ask the waiter to sprinkle some on, but if he is Italian, he will either refuse to do so or will do so with a smile on his face, whilst inside he will be thinking bad things about you, your mother, and your education.
Here’s the exception: In certain recipes, like when cream is involved, the cheese will mellow and enhance the flavor experience, rather than compete with it.
Enjoy the exception. And please, trust me about what the waiter is thinking.
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