“First we eat, then we do everything else.”
That is what my favorite food writer, M.F.K. Fisher, used to say.
I couldn’t agree more. Food plays such a central part in our lives.
And Italian food? Well that is the best food of all.
I have rounded up my favorite quotes about Rome, but what I really love is talking about food. Apparently, I am not the only one.
From antipasti, to pasta and pizza, Italian dishes have inspired and nourished countless fans.
Here are the best quotes about Italian food:
“Everything you see I owe to pasta.”
-Sophia Loren, Actress
“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”
-Federico Fellini, Director
“The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.”
-George Miller, Director
“In the 20th century, the French managed to get a death on the myth that they produce the world’s best food. The hype has been carefully orchestrated, and despite the fact that the most popular food in the last quarter has undoubtedly been Italian, the French have managed to maintain that mental grip.”
-Clarissa Dickson Wright, English Chef and Author
“You can do irrefutably impossible things with the right amount of planning and support from intelligent and hardworking people and pizza.”
-Scott M. Gimple, Writer
“They eat the dainty food of famous chefs with the same pleasure with which they devour gross peasant dishes, mostly composed of garlic and tomatoes, or fisherman’s octopus and shrimps, fried in heavily scented olive oil on a little deserted beach.”
-Luigi Barzini, Author of The Italians (1964)
“Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around.”
-Anna Quindlen, Author and Journalist
“In heaven, after antipasti, the first course will be pasta.”
-Steve Albini, Singer Songwriter
“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”
-Yogi Berra, Baseball legend
“If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?”
-Martin Scorsese, Director
Though not specific to Italian food, a man after my own heart:
“I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.”
-W.C. Fields, Actor and Comedian
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