P 174: I pasti in famiglia
Food is never as good as at home. Everyone knows that the basic elements of Italian
culture are the family and the kitchen. In fact, the home-made food is an important
tradition for every occasion, not just at Christmas, New Year’s and Easter. Every day
is a special day!
Since many young people live with their families after finishing graduating, there
are many opportunities to share your time at the table with family. This happens
almost every night. Traditionally an Italian mother devotes at least an hour or two
to prepare dinner. Many Italians eat dinner every day with the whole family and
have a meal with several courses.
At lunch, however, students and workers often eat “something quick”, like a
sandwich or a mixed salad in a bar near the office or university. Sunday lunch is
often done with the whole family, including grandparents, aunts and uncles. You
need a first course – better known simply as a “first” – of pasta or rice and a
“second” of meat or