Italians also embrace the process of making food, from shopping for ingredients to the cooking itself. Although there are supermarkets, there are also a lot of outdoor markets that resemble something like a really fresh outdoor Walmart. Many of them go to the source for food so that they can get the best quality. For instance, many people go to the flour mill we visited to buy fresh flour (which I hear is the best in town!).
They also take the time to make food from scratch and embrace the process. They get their hands dirty and rely on very little equipment. And right now, as I'm writing this, I can hear one of the cooks singing in the kitchen as she prepares lunch.
From my perspective and from what I've witnessed, the Italian people seem to innately enjoy what they are doing, when they are doing it, and who they are doing it with. These observations have inspired me to incorporate this mindset more into my own life so that wherever I am, I am all there.