Why opt for the obvious, red-checkered tableclothes? Lemons, grape leaves, pomegranates and pine cone motifs (two of the ultimate lucky charms, symbols of Italian nature) are all intrinsically connected to the local decorative tradition. You can put a touch of Italy by choosing hand-painted ceramics for your table: they might be hard to find out of their native land, but they constantly inspire designers all across the world. That said, your choices are endless!
Beatrix Potter is best known for her children's books depicting the adventures of Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin and company. But what's less well-known are her drawings and paintings of fungi, which are still used by mycologists today.
Do you pre-cook your rice? Find out all the other tips and secrets to making the perfect creamy rice pudding in the capable hands of French chef Gaetan Gentil, from Michelin-starred restaurant PRaiRiaL in Lyon.