Carrie Rengers

Wichita and Venice have something in common, Lidia Bastianich says

Chef, author and TV personality Lidia Bastianich thinks Wichita’s airport has something in common with one in Venice.
Chef, author and TV personality Lidia Bastianich thinks Wichita’s airport has something in common with one in Venice. Courtesy photo

Watermark Books & Cafe owner Sarah Bagby got a kick out of hosting chef, author and TV personality Lidia Bastianich for a talk and book signing Tuesday night.

“You just feel her warmth, Bagby says of Bastianich, who owns Lidia’s in Kansas City.

“What was interesting was how many men love her show and watch it,” Bagby says.

She says women would approach Bastianich to sign a book and say things such as, “Oh, my husband would move in next door to you if he could.”

The remark that most struck Bagby, though, was something Bastianich said when Bagby picked her up at the airport.

Bagby explained how the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is new, which led to a discussion of the airport’s unusual feature of windows on the jet bridges.

“Oh, yes,” Bastianich said, “they have those in the Venice airport.”

Bagby says she laughed.

“I just thought, Wichita, Venice, of course,” she says.

“It’s a little kudos to the airport and the way it welcomes people to town.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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