World-renowned chef Lidia Matticchio Bastianich during i-Italy's interview
Joseph and Lidia with their family wine.
Young Lidia in Pola.
My grandmother would discreetly take me to church, and she would discreetly speak to me in Italian. All of these things, you really felt them as a young girl. It was difficult to exist in this uncertainty.
Lidia in her teenage years.
Matticchio family portrait with nonna Rosa.
i-Italy's own Letizia Airos in conversation with Lidia.
I believe food remained as my connection and my tie to my grandmother. The scents, the flavors, everything. I continued cooking in order to keep her close to me.
Lidia with her son Joseph.
Letizia and Lidia in Lidia's flagship restaurant, Felidia.
We’re a perfect example of what can happen when someone seizes this opportunity. Naturally, yes, we worked very hard; yes, we made sacrifices along the way. Yes, my grandmother, my mother, and my father cried on several occasions. Yes, to all of these things, but in the end, you make something beautiful for yourself, a great opportunity.