I was then introduced
to Paolo, the maker of the best pizza I have found in Naples. The
price? 3 Euro per pizza --exactly half of what I was paying.
I can now get pizza for a family of four for around 12 Euro (appx. $16.00 US) I sure am glad that I know someone.
Since then I have been
sure to ask before I buy anything. Nine out of ten times I have been
introduced someone close to, or in, my neighbors family. This
has saved me much time and money. Of course it is a little less convenient
than I would like, however, I feel better doing business with people who
This is just one manifestation
of the strong, interdependent Italian family structure whose roots can
be traced back to ancient times. (more about the family in another article)
In a nutshell;
in America independence is emphasized and independence is required for
success, while in Italy, to be successful one must be able to depend on
family and friends.