"Americans will telephone for take-out food and sit in front of the TV while having their dinner. Often family members will eat different things at different times and rarely have dinner together. In Italy, the whole family sits around a table and has dinner. The TV isn't on. We eat and talk about our day, life and of course, the food is always part of the conversation. Dinner in the home is about bringing the family together. After dinner we often go out together for passiaggiata--a stroll in the piazza or main avenue. Americans sit on the couch after dinner with their TV remotes in their hands."