― Growing up I was not very culturally diverse. Growing up in a place 35 minutes away from one of the most diverse cities in America (New York City), you would think that there would be so many places to eat. Well, there was but I didn't experience any of them. Nope, my family was traditional. 100% Italian and Italian was pretty much all there was. We were very basic people, and aside from that, like most children I was picky. Even into my early 20's I rarely took chances when it came to food. [...].