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Italy’s New Normale

As summer progresses and nations around the globe begin to lift their quarantine restrictions, restaurants have thankfully reopened their doors. Wine Spectator’s Robert Camuto reports on Italy’s New Normale dinning scene after returning to his home in Verona after three months of lock down in France.

Camuto interviews Gianpaolo Spinelli, the manger of Verona’s Caffè Dante Bistrot, owned by the Tommasi family. The historic establishment, which was awarded Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence for its wine list, opened in late May, with a shorter menu. Nonetheless, customers flocked to the establishment in celebratory fashion; Spinelli noted that “The first week we were open we sold out all our bottles of Bollinger […] The things people don’t drink at home.”

To read the full report on the reopening in Italy and the Tommasi Family Estates, read the full article HERE.


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