Marquette, MI – June, 2014 – This month on STRAIGHTtalk Brian Cabell pulls up a bar stool in the Pub at the Landmark Inn to speak with one of the most popular bartenders in town Livio Stabile, an immigrant from Italy, who’s found romance, a home, and the American dream here in Marquette…
BC: How did you happen to leave Italy and come to the United States?
LS: I met Sara (his future wife). That was what took me over here. I never thought about moving to the United States before I met her. It never even crossed my mind.
BC: How did you two meet?
LS: I met her in Siena which is a town in Tuscany. I was working in Bologna and on Friday I jumped on a train to visit a friend in Siena. At that time I didn’t have much money and I decided to take the train without a ticket so I spent most of that train ride in the bathroom. (laughs) And on Saturday, I wake up with a hangover and we’re sitting down for breakfast in a square and I see this girl coming out of a bus and we’re about 50 yards away from her…and I see her walking away and she’s like, floating. You know, moving so beautifully, but I didn’t do anything. Later, we’re walking back, and I see her sitting down having a slice of pizza, and I look at her and she’s absolutely gorgeous. But she doesn’t even look at me. Nothing! So we keep walking and I get an ice cream and I’m still thinking about her, so then I go back to where she was, and she was just getting up. So I go up behind her and I say ‘Hi’ to her, and she turns around and looks at me in surprise. I just spoke a little bit of English at that point and I offered her some of my own ice cream. And she took a bite and I was, like, ‘Wow!’ So we introduced ourselves and I think she liked me right away. And a half hour later…we were kissing right there in the middle of Siena.
BC: So you met a beautiful woman, you kissed her, and then you decided to get married?
LS: No, we met and we were together from that first moment but we were living in the moment for the entire time. We were just trying to be together, no matter what it took. We met in June, 1998 but we didn’t get married until December 2001. We got married here in Marquette at the Pavilion.
Read the full interview here: http://www.marquettemagazine.com/straighttalk-livio-stabile-landmark-inn-photos/