: At Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in New York (first job in this country).
Daily habits: Running on the treadmill, creating new dishes for the restaurant, sharing a morning cappuccino with my chefs, Don Brown and Tony Sanguinetti.
Self-description: Motivated, optimistic and a workaholic.
Fears: Heights and flying.
Treasures: My family and my three precious grandchildren.
Serenity: A new accomplishment, a happy family, a great sunset.
Success: Forty-three years of marriage, my daughters, the restaurant, seven cookbooks and more than 90 television shows (cooking shows, which aired on the Discovery Channel).
Indulgences: A great massage, homemade jam, great food and great wine.
Favorite season: Fall.
Vices: Peanut butter late at night, straight from the jar, and an occasional high-end cognac.
Stamping grounds: Bologna, my native city; Sacramento; and Napa.