"In your country, the waiters and waitresses keep coming over, interrupting your dinner and conversation, asking if you are OK, do you need more bread or drinks. We Italians prefer more formality, and respect for the privacy of the tavola--the table. I cannot stand when an American waitress sits at my table or kneels down as if talking to her child. I like servers that have to be called to the table rather than popping in every five minutes to refill the water. And we certainly don't like the waiter to bring the check over before we ask for it. It feels like we are being pushed out of the restaurant. In Italy we are the restaurant's guest for the entire evening."
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