Subject: Re: US dining (was: Bologna)
#Scratch an Italian, even more so, scratch a Tuscan, and you will find a contadino# A contadino is a peasant farmer. Mary (our hostess at Venano) maintaines that the general topic of conversation among men at a restaurant, starts with the meal they are eating, progresses to the produce used, and eventually ends up with a discussion about the best way to farm the produce.

Someone else in Italy maintains that the main topic of converasation at a restaurant involves planning the next meal.

Cheers Gavin