1/2 lb romano beans, ends trimmed
extra virgin olive oil (roughly 3 Tbsp)
garlic cloves, finely minced
pecorino romano cheese, freshly grated (optional; or other strongly flavored Italian cheese such as Parmesan, grana padano, etc.)
Heat grill pan over medium heat for 4 or 5 minutes. Tip: if using an outdoor grill, thread the beans crosswise on bamboo skewers (skewers soaked in water first) on both the top and bottom of the beans. In a shallow pan, lightly coat beans by rolling them in the olive oil. Place beans on grill pan in a single layer and grill 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with the minced garlic, sprinkle with sea salt and cheese, if using.