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.
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