Ellen Pompeo, the star of Grey's Anatomy, is a big hit everywhere. But she and fiance Chris Ivery love to travel to Italy. Especially for the food.
"I go several times a year. Christopher, my fiancÃ©, has family there and we go spend time with them whenever we get a chance," Pompeo told People.
So what's her favorite thing about Italy? "The food. I love the area of Bologna for food. I think it's really special," she said.
Her top-rated ABC series Grey's Anatomy is also a big hit and Italian fans are taken aback when they see Ellen Pompeo in real life.
"They're quite surprised to see me there," Pompeo, who turns 38 next month, said.
"They just can't believe I'm in Italy. It's out of context for them. They say 'Meredith! It's you, Meredith! Oh my God, could it be Meredith?'"
Pompeo attended National Italian American Foundation's 32nd Annual Gala in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, winning a Special Achievement award.
Less surprising is that she's no slouch when it comes to cooking Italian. Chris Ivery, like Pompeo a Boston-area native, loves her Bolognese sauce, she says of the dish that pays tribute to her favorite region.
Pompeo isn't a rush to get married despite having been engaged for nearly a year. She still hasn't started on the plans, but has thought about the kind of wedding she wants ... "a quiet, simple, private one."
Well, that's nice. Something along the lines of the nuptials between Usher and Tameka Foster, perhaps? Or Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon?