The first time I met Ettore was during the first GUADEC in Paris 2000. We shared a room at the hotel, and talked for hours at night about various things, including a band he used to be a part of. He gave me an mp3 of the demo they had recorded, which I'm listening to right now.
The best memory I have of him is from that time. He had a habit of talking in his sleep. The first night he spoke in Italian, which I couldn't understand. But on the second night he shouted in his sleep something in English. It was something funny, and we had a big laugh about it the next morning.