Victorian goes Italian.
Last Friday was the night Peter and I made the trek to a little village where there is an amazing 5-star Italian restaurant. We were to meet our friends and a table of 8 was reserved for 7pm. I haven’t seen these friends since last fall so it really felt like a special occasion. Plus, we’ve been under the weather for the last week or so but we both felt so much better. We were glad to be heading out.
I dressed for comfort on a lengthy drive but I wanted to look nice. I chose dark-wash, trouser-leg jean, a black tank under a beige, Victorian, lace, tunic-top with gold-spangled pointy-toe pumps. Accessories were a vintage black patent clutch bag, (it was my mother’s) a gold-wire cuff bracelet and a necklace with a beautiful diamond-lined cameo. You can shop the look here.
I have a love of Victorian styles from Pink Cabbage Roses to Steampunk Cosplay. (Lace and Cameos are part of a romantic collection I have tucked away. Oh, and vintage bags.)
The restaurant is by Stefano Camassa & Salvatore Eros Maio who are partners from Brindisi, Puglia, on the southeast coast of Italy. (It’s about halfway down the “heel” of the boot.) The restaurant, which they recently opened in Habersham, (South Carolina) obtained 5 stars after being open for only 2 weeks. It continues to hang on to that rating after several months in operation.
The food was so outstanding, I forgot what I was doing and failed to get you photos. Plus, I was having too much fun. I had the Chicken Parmesan and, for desert, the Caramel Cheese Cake with a side of dark, rich Italian coffee. It sounds ordinary, like something you’ve had before but it's not. This is subtle but the difference is far superior to anything you’ve had. Promise.
It’s located in Habersham, which reminds me of Brigadoon. (Webster’s defines the word Brigadoon as a place that is idyllic and unaffected by time. it is also a stage play and an old movie) This village is actually a master-planned community that has been designated as one of the 20 best places to live on the coast. Habersham came in 4th place behind Santa Cruz, CA, which came in at #1, with The Kennebunks, ME and Long Branch, NJ at 2nd and 3rd. In 2015, Southern Living magazine named Habersham as the Community of the Year and the National Association of Home Builders awarded it the designation as the Best Neighborhood Design in America.