We return to Oakland to meet chef/owner Kyle Itani of the brand-new Itani Ramen, which sits across from the historic Fox Theater. Itani is as easy going as the atmosphere at Itani Ramen, which also captures the carefree essence of ramen.
As Itani explains to us, ramen's history in Japanese cuisine is relatively short, compared with the centuries-old art of sushi, which gives him and fellow ramen chefs room to play with their own style. This freedom also allows Itani to shine a light on the food of his own Japanese-American heritage, which he quickly realized was distinct enough to warrant its own category of cuisine.
Listen to the episode and learn how Itani's California farmland upbringing connects with Japanese-American food in his newest restaurant.