Al Fresco dining at La Palazzina
Once there was a slab of tree that became a beautiful, well-used outdoor dining table. It now sits under the pergola at our home in Sansepolcro in eastern Tuscany, Italy. We asked master cabinetmaker, Arnaldo Granci, from an Umbrian town down the road Citta di Castello, to make us a table that would seat the whole family. When I first saw the wood, it was resting on two saw horses as an enormous slice from the center of a giant tree, bark still attached to the sides as you can see. Two days later, Arnaldo delivered it to our house complete with 12 chairs and a smile of triumph. We can actually seat 14. We live around this table in the summer.