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Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich has been described as the reigning queen of Italian cuisine in America. She is the host of cooking shows on PBS, including Lidia's Italy, a new 26-episode series[…]

“A restaurant used to be business. Now it’s much more.”

Question: Who are the great eaters?

Lidia Bastianich:    Who are the great eaters?  There’s a lot of them out there.  I think that, you know, restaurants have become . . .  Certainly my first restaurant was in ’71, so there’s been a few years that I’ve been at restaurants.  And it’s . . . it’s great to see, you know, the evolution of a restaurant.  It used to be a special occasion.  A restaurant used to be business.  Now it’s much more.  It’s socializing.  People are not just eating a meal and running out.  It is the place for, if you will, entertainment, socializing, interacting or whatever.  So . . . so Americans are very good at that, but then so are the Italians.