Is it salad or spaghetti? Well, it’s both! This dish of cold noodles on a bed of crispy vegetables is the original creation of Pietro Centrale in Tenjin. You can top the dish with your choice of three dressings, Pietro’s trademark soy sauce dressing with the orange cap, the light dressing with 50% less oil, or the so-called “green” dressing with 70% less oil. The fresh veggies make Pietro a great stop during summertime, but fans of the salad spaghetti come back year-round for the dish. Pietro first opened in 1980 as a purveyor of pastas, but it soon developed a following for its salad dressings, which are now sold throughout Japan and around the globe. Pietro Centrale is located on the first floor of Pietro headquarters, and it is a popular spot for its reasonably priced lunches. Don’t have time to stop for lunch? Fear not! You can also get salad spaghetti (Mio Mio) to go in a plastic container. Just shake and eat.
Menu: Salad spaghetti ¥920, eggplant and spicy ground beef spaghetti 1,080, Hakata mentaiko carbonara ¥950, lunch set ¥750 (pasta & salad｜Weekdays11:00~15:00), Mio Mio cup spaghetti ¥340~ (available in the shop)
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn223, July 2017)