In Italy and Spain, chefs douse pasta and risotto with squid ink to add body to the food and make it strikingly black and beautiful. It turns out that squid is not just pretty, it has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, according to the Japanese who are big fans of this edible ink. This ink fights tumor cells, and may actually cure people of cancer.
Michelangelo, an authentic italian chef, has spaghetti with squid ink on his menu. If you are seafood-y, check it out, when you are in Hollywood.
Here’s a recipe for Squid Ink Pasta, if you are ever in the mood for culinary adventure. It turns out that Draeger’s in San Mateo, carries blocks of squid ink. Cuttlefish ink is, however the more commercially available ink. If you are ready to start cleaning squids and harvesting your own ink, please go here.