Perspective is many times what makes a place heaven or hell, philosophically speaking. From a traveler's point of view, it's important to take time to simply absorb the surroundings. And meal times or coffee breaks provide for such explorations.
I believe that entire history books are contained in the simplest of deserts - from its origin, to the various nations that adopted it and to the sociological and economical pressures that cause ingredients to be replaced and others to be added, according to new fashions of the times.
Anyways, here are some of the 'books' I have studied during my trip to Sicily where I also learnt the importance of expressing your delight for a good meal: scarpeta (using a piece of bread to soak up that last bit of delicious sauce in your plate).