I am a little bit obsessed with the way that Italians eat. I’ve never known a group of people that are so dedicated to food.
To eat dinner the Italian way, most people won’t go out until at least 8:00. They will eat several courses (antipasti, primo, secondo, etc). They’ll linger for hours over a meal, drinking wine, and enjoying conversation. Unlike in US, no one rushes you away from your table. Waiters expect you to stay for at least a couple of hours.
Everything here is so fresh. Even the simplest things are so good; I end up eating tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella almost everyday, just because it’s that good.
Everywhere in Italy and especially in Rome, there’s so many good restaurants, bakeries, and cafes. And everything is [almost always] excellent.
Other people have been complaining about becoming sick of pasta since the beginning of the semester, but I’m not. At all. And frankly, I’m not looking forward to going back to American food. I feel like food here is a lot healthier here and better tasting.
Yes, the food is definitely going to be one of the hardest things to give up. I will miss it so much.