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Rationalist Man The Italian Rationalists are back, thanks to one passionate collector-turned-dealer with an eye for great modernist design.
First Families How the Gallos, the Mondavis and other pioneering clans shaped the history of California wine.
Panini Power Five recipes for the grilled sandwiches adored everywhere from Milan to Seattle.
Ciao, Champagne Italy's traditional Proseccos and new-guard spumantes want to give French sparkling wines the boot.
Self-Portrait with Spaghetti

A brief memoir of an ongoing love affair with Italian restaurants.

Chianti for Beginners What's new in Italy's most famous wine region? F & W wine editor Lettie Teague gets some answers from an expert.
Fan Club

Everyone has a favorite Italian restaurant. Ask and they'll tell you about it.

Netting a Table A traveler's guide to the best restaurant advice on the Web.
Marco Degrazia's Starpower Marco de Grazia has turned some of Italy's finest winemakers into cult stars. Here he pairs a few favorite discoveries with a delicious Florentine menu.
Ideal Antipasto Wines

Mario Batali and Michael Chiarello compete to make the best first courses. They both win.

My Daughter, the Chef A mother who prides herself on her kitchen prowess learns to step back and leave it to the pro.
Majolica Mecca American importer Carol LeWitt, the owner of Ceramica, takes us on a tour of Deruta, Italy, to meet the masters of Majolica.
The Antipasto Challenge

Mario Batali and Michael Chiarello compete to make the best first courses. They both win.

Meet the Press How the author learned to love his grandfather's 150-pound wine press.
Kitchen Confidential Sharing some war stories from the renovation front lines.
Travel Coach If you want to watch an olive pressing in Sicily or attend a mock wedding in Tuscany, these tour designers will arrange it.
French Revolution Even as Italian grapes gain worldwide acclaim, Italian winemakers are looking to France for new ideas.
The Wine Wizard Riccardo Cotarella, nicknamed "the Wizard," is the winemaker of themoment both at home in Italy and, believe it or not, in France.
Roman Holiday An inn with a restaurant and a farm re-creates Italy--in Mendocino.
Teachers' Pet Tricks The secret to beautifully cooked pasta and other insider tips from renowned Italian culinary instructors.
Richard Meier's Dolce Vita Lunch at the architect's Hamptons farmhouse means a celebration of the sweet life he enjoys while building a church outside Rome.
Beyond Shiraz Maverick Australian winemakers are discovering the wonders of Italy's great grapes.
Restaurant News Notes from around the country: steak houses, dining-room face-lifts and umpteen wines by the glass.
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