The reason I moved to Italy

Food.

I’m not kidding.

Think about it: You eat three times a day (or should eat three times a day, depending on the nutritional advice you follow; but for all intents and purposes let’s stick to three). If this is something you do three times a day, it should be enjoyable, fun, relaxing, fulfilling, tasty! Aside from this, it’s what fuels your body. It needs to be healthy, real and simple — not genetically modified* or pumped full of high-fructose corn syrup.

Italy has, in my humble opinion, the best food in the world. The recipes are so simple, but the quality of each ingredient is so good and mouth-wateringly flavorful. The best part is, I’m not the only food nut standing at the market, raving about the sweetness of strawberries while caressing eggplants. Any respectable eatery in the country serves only the vegetables in season, freshly cut meat or recently caught fish. The best of the best places don’t even have menus, but make you eat whatever they’re cooking that day.

Not only do Italians appreciate the quality and flavor of their food, they also respect mealtime. No drive-thru, grab-and-go, 15-minute-lunch-break mentality here. Sit, eat, drink, chat, sit some more, have a coffee, have some more to drink, no hurry. The waiter won’t bring your check unless you beg for it. Why? They don’t want you to feel rushed.

Any time I’ve considered moving back to the US or to a different country, I quickly remember the main reason why I moved to Italy and all my other doubts melt like the fresh mozzerella dripping from my pizza.

*The first time I went grocery shopping here in Rome, I was terrified of the bell peppers. They were all different shapes and sizes and some had more than one color! Weird. Back home at my Stop ‘n Shop they all looked the same. Nevertheless, I had to swallow my fear of the funky-looking veggies as I was determined to make fajitas for my roommates that evening. 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One Response to The reason I moved to Italy

  1. 顾家男 says:

    Wish you enjoy your italian delicious life! Chinese food is not bad, too.

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