"Bologna is the best city in Italy for food and has the least number of tourists. With its medieval beauty, it has it all."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Mario Batali on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Mario Batali on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Mario Batali on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Mario Batali on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Mario Batali on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"Finishing food is about the tiny touches. In the last seconds you can change everything."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."