Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dreaming of La Dolce Vita

Last week during the slew of events on Bethesda Avenue, cookbook author Maria Liberati made an appearance in Bella Italia, a gem of a store featuring all things belleza from Italy. Maria, a former model, signed her book, The Basic Art of Italian Cooking, and talked about her passion for Italy, the wonders of simple, good Italian cooking, and the pleasures of eating. Her passion was catching and the beautiful atmosphere of Bella Italia made me want to book a flight right away and start picking fresh tomatoes for my own spaghettata (spaghetti party). Luckily for us, store owners Suzy and Bill Menard bought a historic farmhouse in Cannara, near Assisi, they're willing to share (rentals by the week) with us Diane Lane wannabes. Also check out the fab trips: In July attend a jazz fest and in October sample drippingly fresh olive oil during the Umbrian Food and Wine Tour.

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