Anyone who watched Parks and Recreation could tell that Aziz Ansari had some of the deepest food creds in Hollywood. There are even montages devoted to his character Tom Haverford’s ridiculous food nicknames. Maybe “ridiculous” is the wrong word—calling pasta “long-ass rice” is downright accurate. Anyways, in Ansari’s new Netflix series, Master of None, his character Dev takes the food fanaticism to a whole new level. In honor of Ansari’s Golden Globes nomination for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, we’re counting down the most delicious moments.
Episode 1: Dev disappoints children by eating a chicken parm sandwich
Ansari’s character puts his politics on the table in the very first episode: Food is more important than emotionally validating children—and also most other people in life. By eating this sandwich from Parm instead of that mangled ketchup sandwich that his friend’s toddler made for him, he takes a stand for us all.
Episode 6: Dev eats ribs and wings with white barbecue sauce in Nashville
White barbecue sauce is one of those regional staples—it’s most often associated with Alabama—that we don’t see too often in L.A. (though Maple Block does do a rpetty good rendition of the mayo-based sauce). Even with the influx of new contenders, and good ones at that, barbecue envy is still very real on the West Coast.
Episode 8: Dev eats rigatoni with vodka sauce at Bamonte’s
And if barbecue envy is real on the West Coast, red sauce Italian envy is the realest. Watching Ansari’s eyes light up with unadulterated child-like delight at classics like rigatoni with vodka sauce and gnocchi with bolognese had us dreaming of checkered table cloths and cheap jugs of chianti.
Episode 5: Dev watches a coked-out business man throw away a hipsterrific banana split
This was one of the harder moments of the season to watch. Not all of the relationship troubles Ansari’s character went through, or the story of how his father emigrated to America, but when the admittedly coked-out business man cuts in front of him in line at Morgenstern’s, takes the last King Kong banana split with sesame caramel, and throws it in the garbage. Monster. R.I.P. banana split. You will be missed.
Episode 10: Dev cathartically and triumphantly makes spaghetti carbonara
The single most delicious moment—both from a food perspective and an emotional connection perspective—is when Dev breaks out the pasta maker to get over a fight with his girlfriend and makes a textbook carbonara. We still maintain that the eggs were a little bit scrambled, there was a lot of direct heat on that pasta, but, still, this Jiro-Dreams-of-Sushi-esque montage goes down as the most delicious moment in streaming TV history. In our opinion, at least.