Lacinato kale is one of the vegetables that's really good for getting children into discovering foods. When I encouraged 4 year old Zo to touch the leaves and explained that it is also called Dinosaur kale, because the leaves look and feel like the skin of a dinosaur, he paused and stared at it. I thought "wow, he thinks I am a complete lunatic", but finally he nodded and said "yes, definitely!". I was very surprised, and strangely gratified.
I have never actually had cooked lacinato kale, because the first thing I made with it was this salad from Lupa, and I have never got past it, because it's so amazing. It's the simplest thing in the world, and only a little time-consuming, just because there's a lot of hand shredding involved. But it's worth it, and the finer you can shred, the better it is. I've tried it both with grated ricotta salata and with parmesan and both work equally well. Either way, the kale stands up beautifully and is a gorgeous dark forest green color. Who cares that it's so good for you with all that iron and Vitamin A, it's just bloody delicious.