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!
Rather than just being faux-meat, Mamu is different. It's a mushroom-based meat alternative that's getting its launch in restaurants so that chefs can test its versatility. Flora Tsapovsky investigates.