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The old saying goes, “A watched pot never boils.” But in the olden days, they didn’t have clear pots, did they? Indeed not. Thank God we live in 2015 where the Massimo Castagna Glass Pot($200) is a thing. Quite possibly the coolest thing in your kitchen (aside from your Magimix Vision Toaster of course), it’s made of a transparent body of dense, borosilicate glass that’s just as durable as it is beautiful.
With the Massimo Castagna Glass Pot, your guests can watch your linguine go from rigid to languid right before their very eyes, as you regale them with the history of the very pot they’re watching. What’s the history? Well, it’s handmade in Italy, where only ten are made per day, making them very special indeed. A good story always makes dinner taste better, doesn’t it?
Though the wildest party you hit after the Venice Film Festival was definitely No.8’s pop up party (ScarJo’s stiletto left a permanent mark on your inner thigh), there’s no doubt that one of the most iconic establishments in Venice is and always will be Harry’s Bar. Opened in 1931 by now famous restauranteur Guiseppe Cipriani and declared a national landmark in 2001, Harry’s Bar has been a favorite haunt of celebrities for decades, including Ernest Hemingway (where on earth HASN’T he tied one on?), Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Truman Capote, Aristotle Onassis, Peggy Guggenheim and Woody Allen. Situated on Venice’s Grand Canal, Harry’s comes complete with frosted windows—perfect to keep out the prying eyes of the paparazzi, and is the ultimate place to disembark from your gondola to sip on one of their infamously dry martinis. Harry’s Bar is also the birthplace of the Bellini and even the delicious, raw, meaty appetizer served all over the world: Carpaccio. Perhaps this weekend you should head over there with Scarlett—she definitely owes you for that puncture wound.