Opening their own restaurant was their next goal. Their vision was to create a warm, inviting experience, offering dishes that underscore the interplay between the Northwest and Italy: local foods married with thousands of years of Italian tradition. On a trip through Tuscany, they were captivated by the hill-top city of Volterra. It became the setting for their wedding and the inspiration for their new venture. Volterra's charm lies not only in its history but in the peaceful surrounding countryside where statuesque cypress trees, grain-filled plains and magnificent rolling hills enhance a slow, traditional way of life. Fresh ingredients are abundant down every narrow cobblestone street — from the tiny fresh produce stand to the traditional butcher shop.