Usually I am pretty good at pacing myself with the bread basket. There are however exceptions. For instance, when there is corn bread in the basket, warm rolls with a cinnamon sugar butter, and Not You Average Joe's bread and oil dip. I don't really care for NYAJ but I will gladly go there strictly because of the oil dip.
But in case you are a more logical person and would not go to a restaurant for the bread, here is how you can replicate it at home!
good extra-virgin olive oil (the greener, the better)
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of good quality grated Parmesan
1-2 teaspoon red pepper flake
salt & pepper to taste
Place the Parmesan cheese and garlic in the center of a small serving dish. Drizzle the oil over the cheese until most of the cheese is covered. Sprinkle with red pepper flake, salt, and pepper.
Serve with a fresh stick of Italian bread.