My mom is in Italy right now and she emailed me with a question for all of you. (Of course, if she has internet access she could do it herself, but that wouldn't occur to her.) She'd like to know where and when the practice of dipping bread in olive oil started. It's very common in California but she hasn't seen it at all in Italy. (She's in the North.) She gets bread before a meal and also little bottles of olive oil and vinegar with the salad, but that's it. Does anyone know?