Ouch. Forty-minute average delay in Sicilian capital of Palermo; Rome worse than ever. Milan, Naples also horrors. Yes, Italy has some of Europe’s most congested cities. But Moscow is worst in world, followed by Istanbul and Warsaw.
"My grandmother had a courtyard of animals like goats and chickens. She made ricotta cheese, cooked with potatoes warm from the garden, grew everything from beans to wheat. It was simple, seasonal food and we all ate what was produced 10 miles from where we lived. It was that way for centuries. There is a history to Italian food that goes back thousands of years, and there’s a basic value of respecting food. America is young and doesn’t have that. America has many cultures which makes it great but it’s difficult to create one strong identity.”—Lidia Bastianich