Restaurants are life-savers in so many situations. If you work 12 hours without looking up from your screen and the thought of the queue at the supermarket checkout sends a cold shiver down your spine, the answer is the Italian place on the corner, whose pizza with its characteristic crust transports you into a state of garlicky bliss within seconds.
If you are missing people you love and remembering a dish you ate together in a place where it was loud and warm and beautiful, the remedy is a colourful selection of little treats from the Greek place a couple of blocks away. A dish doesn’t have to be complicated
to justify ordering it from a restaurant. A simple grilled aubergine tastes like a morsel of pure happiness when it’s made right.
Restaurants bring us together – even at a distance
Successes and defeats – the best answer to everything is good food that tastes exactly as you need it at that moment. The French writer Honoré de Balzac wrote: ‘Bread and water satisfy people's hunger, but our culture invented gastronomy’. Incidentally, ‘culture’ is also the way star chef Massimo Bottura refers
to his Refettorios, which are kitchens in which top chefs around the world use food donations and leftovers to prepare dishes for the homeless or refugees. He doesn’t consider them cafeterias, but rather places that bring people together. This is probably the most important task of the hospitality industry. In every price category.