(Picture from Wikipedia)
Florence is the capitol city of Tuscany in Italy.
It is known for Ponte Vecchio one of the many
bridges crossing the River Arno.
Ponte Vecchio has always been filled with
vendors shops, but now those shops are
mostly filled with gold, beautiful displays
of expensive jewelry, art and souveneirs.
Florence is known for being the birthplace
of the Renaissance as it housed many famous
Italian Renaissance geniuses - Da Vinci,
Botticelli, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Galileo,
and many more.
This tablescape was inspired by the gold displays
of jewelry along Ponte Vecchio.
We were able to stay for a few days in Florence
after our cooking class in Tuscany.
What a beautiful city filled with history,
art, gardens and architecture.
Florentines reinvented money - the gold florin so gold
has a long history in Florence.
These gold edged free form plates
and large soup/salad bowls
are bubbled and
extremely heavy. They sit atop a heavy ceramic charger
that is gold leafed and on a gold beaded place mat.
Gold wine and water goblets are added.
They are not exactly matching as the
larger water goblet is a mat finish and
the wine goblet is a shiny finish but
the patterns are very close.
A sheer cream and gold napkin is tucked into the
The weather is still lovely so we are out in our
garden gazebo that has a hand painted Italianate
canvas in the back for privacy.
After completing the gazebo and feeling like
the back canvas that we had installed for
privacy was boring, we called our friend
Paula and she brought over books of
Italian Renaissance art. I chose a
piece from the books that was the
inspiration for the canvas. It has been
up for 7 years and has gone through rain,
snow and shine in our Utah weather.
These lovely carved wax candles are
The cherry tree shrouds the gazebo.
We usually host a dinner party here in the month of
September with the cooler evenings.
These gold plates are very versatile and I always
choose them for one of my holiday tables.
One disadvantage to all of the gold ware is that
everything has to be hand washed. But the rule in
our family is if you cook, you don't have to clean.
Florence was established by Julius Caesar in 59 BC so
a Caesar salad served in a Romanesc serving bowl
seems only appropriate.
I created this salad as a heartier version of a
for my son's wedding reception.
Tortellini Caesar Salad Recipe
2 heads romaine lettuce, washed, chopped and chilled
8 oz. cheese filled tortellini, cooked according to pkg.
2 C. chunky croutons (packaged or homemade)
1/2 C. grated parmesano reggiano cheese
additional shaved pieces of cheese
favorite Caesar dressing
( we love Cardini's Original Caesar - the
flavor is great and the kids aren't grossed
out by sardines!)
Toss everything together and top with
shaved parmesano reggiano.
The table was finished off with a few pink edged
Peace roses that are loving the cool weather too
and some fabulous carved candles.
This is so easy to make for a crowd and is loved
by both young and old.
Hope you enjoyed our little trip to
I will be posting this
Gold rimmed plates and bowls - Target - 15 years ago
Gold chargers - Target - 15 years ago
(I don't think they have had anything this
Beaded place mats - Pier 1
Gold flatware - Best
Gold water goblets - Horchow catalog - 15 years ago
Gold wine goblets - TJ Maxx/Homegoods
Italianate Serving bowl - Tai Pan - 2010
Carved wax electric candles - TJ Maxx/Homegoods - 2010
Salad tongs - Tuesday Morning - 2010