I'm Italian and I lived in Paris for ten years, spending my 20s there, then I moved to London for school and worked there, then moved to New York with work, then moved back to London. I've been in Chicago since February. London and Milan have the same sort of fun, glam, people-watching type of thing that I've seen here at SushiSamba. It's not uncommon to see models, celebrities, and actors. The place in London like that--I can't remember the name--was always a bit of a scene, with people like Ralph and Joe Fiennes there with beautiful girls. No one bothers the celebrities or asks for an autograph, but everyone notices them--though you pretend to be cool and not see them. One person does the sighting--"On your right is so-and-so"--and everyone does the "I'm not looking out of the corner of my eye but watch me not move my neck as my eyeballs make an incredible 360-degree turn" thing. (And yes, there's always a little bit of gossip when the celebrity leaves.) Everyone likes to see a celebrity, no matter how hip they think they are. Unfortunately we haven't seen one here tonight--though we did see a woman dressed in something she shouldn't have been who must have thought she was a celebrity.
--Ilaria Calo, banker