Q: What do you think Americans need to learn from Italians about living?
A: Well, I could write a book on this subject. In fact, I have! A few quick things– work does not have to govern life. So many of us are work-obsessed. I’ve loved experiencing how Italian friends take the time to enjoy family and friends, how they pursue their interests with so much pleasure, how they enter the community life of the piazza. I’m fascinated by the importance of the table, the central role it plays–and, of course, by the generosity and abundance of what’s served forth, with all that is implied by those values. People of all ages mix easily; we separate people according to age too much. It’s absurd.