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Spaghetti (his real name) met Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, during her momentous journey through Rome in 2003 and sparked a friendship that deeply inspires this personable memoir about being a Roman. Spaghetti grew up in in that city, lived on Via Gregorio VII, and shares some of the peculiar loves and mannerisms of the dyed-in-the-wool Roman, such as an ironical sense of humor, a laid-back style of work ("the beauty of Rome... distracts us from our working"), a penchant for multicourse meat-heavy meals, a fanatical devotion to the S.S. Lazio soccer team (as opposed to their arch-rivals, A.S. Roma), and Sunday family rituals. As a kid, Spaghetti (who was always embarrassed by his name, although his grandmother insisted it would someday bring him luck) was heavily influenced by American music, especially his hero James Taylor, and later fashioned a rock group named John Horse Quartet by translating into English the leader's name, Gianni Cavallo. After graduating from university, Spaghetti made an impressive journey by Amtrak across the American continent, a trip he delineates with youthful enthusiasm. Back in Rome to become a tax accountant, one of the most "hated and feared" professions in Italy, he met Gilbert and introduced her to such quintessential Roman activities as eating pajata (calf intestines) and cursing at soccer matches. His amicable, colloquial narrative can be seen as a nice companion to hers. (May)

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"Luca Spaghetti is not only one of my favourite people in the world, but also a natural-born storyteller... This [is a] marvellous book." Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780143119579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143119579
  • ASIN: 0143119575
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 21, 2011
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Luca Spaghetti (it seems his middle name should be..."yes that's my real name") is a friend of Elizabeth Gilbert of `Eat, Pray, Love' fame, and was written about in that same book. He now writes his own book, a short biography of his growing up in Rome and his friendship with Liz.

He is an enjoyable writer to read. He tells of the trials of growing up with the name Spaghetti and the secrets of a local in Rome and of the magic Rome has. One cannot help but smile at his descriptions of childhood and then his love of food and music, his 'pursuit' of James Taylor and driving a scooter through the madhouse traffic of Rome.

This book is like a visit with an old friend that you also wouldn't mind getting to know better. What a great book of friendship, food, and love and the love of Rome.
It could have benefited from some pictures of the locale and of him...you really want to be friends with him after this pleasant little visit.
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By Retired Librarian on July 9, 2013
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On my way to Italy shortly and this was the perfect introduction to Rome as well as a chance to look back on Eat, Pray, Love. Now I want to meet Luca Spaghetti! Told from a real Roman's point of view, this is an enchanting look at Rome... and friendship.
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By Jeff Commissaris on January 11, 2013
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This book brought back some memories from my Europe trip through Rome. It was interesting to hear my story reversed as an Italian who travels some of America.
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By Amazon Customer on October 25, 2012
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if you have every been to italy, you will doubly enjoy this book. the descriptions of all the landmarks brings back so many memories of our trip there.
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By Julia on October 4, 2013
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Just in time! ;)
And the book is awesome!
Really, really funy!!! If you loved Eat, Pray and Love, you should definitely buy this book!!
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