Being about 17 minutes from where this "Italian" salad originated in 1924, in Tijuana Mexico at Caesar Cardini's restaurant, I consider myself a fairly good judge of how the thing should taste.
Many old wives tales have popped up over the decades regarding this salad, some true, many not. Anchovies, in any form, were not an original ingredient in Caesar Cardini's salad, but were added later, and the cheese used on Cardini’s salad was Romano, not Parmesan. My grandparents, Father and uncle were frequent visitors at Cardini's restaurant during that period, having spent a great deal of time, and money, at Agua Caliente's Foreign Club’s gambling casino. After the salad was served for the first time, it became an instant hit, as it was prepared at each table.
The original name of this salad was not “Caesar Salad, but "The Aviator Salad" as Caesar Cardini's brother was a flyer in WW1, and the salad was named in honor of his brother. The name was later changed to coincide with that of the owner of the restaurant, from which it originated.
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Being about 17 minutes from where this "Italian" salad originated in 1924, in Tijuana Mexico...