In the mid-20th century, America was falling in love with all things Italy. On stage, we swooned over Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Tony Bennett. In sports, we idolized Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and Rocky Marciano. On screen, we adored Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday.
And at dinner, we devoured spaghetti, ravioli and minestrone.
Since then, we’ve explored this country’s rich culinary heritage. We’ve discovered the nuances of its regional dishes. What’s more, we’ve learned that despite its notoriety for more than 400 cheeses and 300 sausages, the flavors of its cucina are surprisingly pure and confident … emanating from the simplest and freshest local ingredients. Taste it for yourself. Our current favorite is the Saltimbocca recipe below. [...]
Come spring, it’s nearly a compulsion to sweep away the last vestiges of winter and start fresh.
The nip in the air? It’s exhilarating. The glint of sunlight? All we want to do is bask in it. And before you know it, you find yourself outdoors planting flowers, shaking off furniture covers … even sweeping the stoop can be a delight.
And since first impressions are everything, we love the idea of dressing the door with a spectacular wreath, grouping gorgeous planters, placing a new bench just so beneath the tree. A few more touches, and you fall in love with your house all over again. [...]
Once upon a time, in a film called “Roman Holiday,” Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn famously flirted their way through the winding streets of Rome. Ever since that day, Americans have had a love affair with Italy.
Exuberant Rome inspires us with sunwashed piazzas and the perfect chianti. It’s a place where the past is palpably present…see it in Vespas that freewheel around ancient statues. And in flowered iron balconies that top nuovo chic shops. This is the Eternal City, and tossing a coin in the romantic Fontana di Trevi is simply expected.
You can recreate some of the romance of Italy’s fabled plazas and piazzas at home. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Spring is in the air. You can feel it. The sun is stronger. The birds are chirping. And the time change this weekend assures us that the winter of 2014 is finally coming to an end.
While you can’t rush Mother Nature, you can hurry the color along with vibrant garden décor.