Postcard: Inside the Lamborghini Cafeteria

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Jamie Feldmar

Although Lamborghini manufactures some of the most outrageously high-tech luxury cars on the planet, the cafeteria at the company's factory in Bologna has decidedly less cutting-edge ambitions. Every weekday, nearly every employee—mechanics, engineers and office suits alike—slides a plastic tray down a very different sort of assembly line, pausing to pick up_primi_ (tortellini or penne), contorni(braised fennel, the day I was there), and secondi (roast beef or chicken). The lunch rush comes in two waves: noon (the production line workers) and one (the office crowd), but everyone takes the full hour allotted for lunch break, leaving just enough room after dolci for a very Italian pit stop at the adjacent espresso bar. —Jamie Feldmar