Bologna is the best city in Italy for food and has the least number of tourists. With its medieval beauty, it has it all.

Mario Batali

Finishing food is about the tiny touches. In the last seconds you can change everything.

Mario Batali

I come from an Italian family. One of the greatest and most profound expressions we would ever use in conversations or arguments was a slamming door. The slamming door was our punctuation mark.

Mario Batali

As they say in Italy, Italians were eating with a knife and fork when the French were still eating each other. The Medici family had to bring their Tuscan cooks up there so they could make something edible.

Mario Batali

The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.

Mario Batali

My family makes these vinegars - out of everything from grapes to peaches and cherries. We go through the whole process with the giant vat and drainer, label them, and give them as Christmas presents.

Mario Batali

We would load up the yellow Cutlass Supreme station wagon and pick blackberries during blackberry season or spring onions during spring onion season. For us, food was part of the fabric of our day.

Mario Batali

In America, I would say New York and New Orleans are the two most interesting food towns. In New Orleans, they don't have a bad deli. There's no mediocrity accepted.

Mario Batali

The passion of the Italian or the Italian-American population is endless for food and lore and everything about it.

Mario Batali