Thursday, July 21, 2011

Antonietta's Omaggio to Andrew Wyeth

Antonietta's double-loggia cantina is just a few steps from mine tucked away in a little vicolo off via Fontana. 

They were once both dwellings of a sort. Hand cut into tufa rock a hundred or more years ago, these grotto caves were gradually enhanced with terracotta floors and oak beamed lofts. Arched stalls & rough hewn wood boxes were built to house the family pig chickens & other live food stuffs. Cubby holes laid in for kitchen utensils. The comforts of home?

Now they resemble brigands roosts. Housing a world of odds & ends collected over a lifetime (or several) ... Antonietta's is a lot cooler than mine.