In America, typically, you order a couple large pizzas for the table. Assuming that it was no different here, for me it was not a question of if we would share, it was a question about what we would share.
What makes a great Italian restaurant anyway? For some it may be the antipasti. For others some combination of how good the wines and pastas are. Holding up one dish is dangerous. Octopus? Lasagna? Cacio e pepe?
When it comes to traveling in Italy, it's possible to find a lovely meal almost anywhere -- from posh hotel dining rooms to tables in a piazza to holes in the wall whose, um, ambience leaves something to be desired.
Sydney, Australia, and New York are superman destinations, wrestling for attention and flying onto the world's front page. Boston and Melbourne? They're more like spectacled Clark Kents. And each is secretly glad.
"I never saw Venice" is a classic last-words cliché for a reason: Most would love to visit Italy, but very few end up going. Well, now's the time to start thinking about that summer vacation, and we've gone through tips and photos from thousands of travelers at to help you make up your mind.
When friends visit NYC from out of town, we often end up taking a stroll through Manhattan's Little Italy. Although they have seen it in movies and in TV shows, they tend to have a limited sense of how and why immigrants moved between different neighborhoods over time.
Why should Italy be different from other post-industrial societies? I am afraid Italians have lost that innocence quite some time ago; children's consumption of packaged, mass-produced snacks instead of homemade treats or fruits dates back to the 1970s.
I've noticed a few new trends that are giving travelers more ways to experience the magic of Italy from enjoying outdoor adventure to taking Italian genealogy one step further and exploring dual citizenship with Italy.