There are supposed to be people for whom pasta is one thing above all else: the vehicle that enables them to shovel loads of Parmesan on their plates. Hard cheese is by no means mandatory with pasta. In fact, many innkeepers find it funny, for example, when tourists from all over the world demand cheese grated with fish or seafood for their Primo. I don't care whether cheese or not should be decided by whoever has to eat the dish. On the other hand, I find it exciting to see what can be used as a subsequent topping for spaghetti and the like.
Spaghetti con la Mollica: From the emergency solution to the dish of longing
Parmesan is delicious, but not a must with pasta. In the less affluent south of Italy, noodles were instead served with spicy, crispy breadcrumbs. The poor people's court at that time has long since taken on a life of its own and is not only recommended at the end of the month.