Summer time has always been my favorite time of the year. I love the long days and warm nights complete with fireflies and watermelon seed spitting and juice dribbling down, in spite of your best efforts to be civilized when you eat a thick luscious wedge. I also love the cascades of flowers and all the insects that are attracted by the promise of nectar. I love them as long as they are doing their thing with out bugging me that is. Let's just say it's fascinating to watch the secret lives of butterflies and bees. If you look very closely you'll see this is a very popular insect magnet. Summer is always a great time for eating together when the sun starts to lose a bit of it's firey intensity and here in the northern mountains of Italy that can be quite late, so it's not unusual to not eat before sometimes 8:30 or 9 pm, as the cool of the mountains and the specatular evening sunset makes for a pleasant relaxing evening with good friends, good food and delicious wine...Italy has much to offer of the simple pleasures in life.