What if there were an Italian chain of American restaurants in Tuscany? Perhaps they'd be based in Florence and specialize in hearty American fare like meat loaf, mac 'n' cheese, bologna sandwiches on white bread and big fat cheeseburgers with fries and chili on the side. Would these Tuscan restaurateurs serve up our food in retro-looking American diners called Swell (or some other quaint Americanism)? Or would they build barns, call 'em Hee-Haw and stuff 'em full of honest-to-goodness feed posters and farm implements imported from the Heartland? Would they try to "Italianize" the food with olive oil, rosemary and... More >>>
By Jennifer Silverberg
Improbable, but not impossible: There's a slice of
Tuscany in Plaza Frontenac!