As simple dishes go, Italy really does embrace a no fuss, minimal ingredient approach to food. Pasta e Patate (Pasta with Potato) is about as simple and fuss-free as it gets.
But don't let that fool you into thinking this dish is also ordinary in flavour. It's really quite spectacular. Rich, creamy and very very satisfying.
I experienced my first bowl in Naples, where the dish originates. I'd settled in a trattoria that offers one or two choices. It was cold and wet outside and I'd been walking for eternity that day, so I opted for the dish that sounded most appealing - the one that combined my two favourite ingredients. It was pure perfection.