New York Toasts Italy
The word itself is redolent of warmth: Tuscan sun, Roman holiday, Ferrari Testarossa, penne arrabiata. It's the genesis of food, wine and style that has delighted the senses and inspired the world since ancient times.
It's little surprise, then, that so many outside the country think so fondly of it, whether Italy represents an ancestral home or the ultimate romantic getaway.
And for those who can't go (or are still a few weeks away from a summer on the Amalfi coast), it's still possible to evoke the spirit of everything Italian this coming weekend, May 18-19, at the premiere of an annual Manhattan festival, New York Toasts Italy.
The magazine was founded in 2006 by Brin and Chicago businessman Vince Naccarato, who loved traveling to Italy with his two sons. And Bene certainly does "celebrate the beauty, the passions and the tastes of Italian life and style," as Brin puts it: The current issue includes articles ranging from the next outstanding generation of female vintners in Piedmont and the latest Capri-inspired, beach-ready fashions.The U.S. is ready to embrace all of this, Brin says: "Americans are looking way beyond spaghetti and Chianti. We're beginning to understand the difference between foods and cultures in northern and southern Italy,
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