Whether you’re going to Italy in your heart, or on the next plane, it always helps to have some reading material to set the mood. Here are seven books I’ve read that set me right back in the heart of Italy, just when I’ve needed it most. What are your favorites?
Archive for January, 2011
Irresistable! A new restaurant featuring Bisteca Fiorentina in the same digs as the “The Old Church,” an ’80′s bar in Knox-Henderson. I remember it well from my insouciant youth; we downed “Aggravations” after “Tequila Sunrises” in what was then a transitional neighborhood anchored by the Army-Navy and Weirs’ Country Store.
However, I’m always wary when people suggest that I’ve “got to try” the latest Italian restaurant. It’s hard to compete with my food memories of the real thing overseas, and with husband Gary’s home cooking. But when I gathered with high school friends recently, it seemed just the place to revisit as real grown-ups. And grown-up it is: low, gauzy light, white tablecloths, a nice wine list, well-heeled clientele…….not an “Aggravation” in sight.
The service was pleasant, well-informed, and attentive. However, of the several dishes we ordered, only one was a standout: the Branzino, or Mediterranean Sea Bass (pictured above). (more…)