"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."
"I'll never stop dreaming that one day we can be a real family, together, all of us laughing and talking, loving and understanding, not looking at the past but only to the future."Mario Batali on LaToya Jackson
"If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher."Mario Batali on Abdul Kalam
"Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten."Mario Batali on David Ogden Stiers
"The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege."Mario Batali on Charles Kuralt
"Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship."Mario Batali on Margaret Mead
"Bologna is the best city in Italy for food and has the least number of tourists. With its medieval beauty, it has it all."
"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."
"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."