Tuscany tablecloths from Bright Settings are bellisimo (beautiful;-). They’re adorned with olives and olive leaves, making them the perfect addition to an outdoor summer soiree or an Italian dinner party. And since this is a custom print, you get to choose all the colors!
Tuscany is a region in central Italy known for its wines, cheeses, and olive oil. It’s been on my bucket list of places to visit ever since I saw an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where the whole family went to Italy! The land and the people all seemed so inviting. And who doesn’t love Italian cuisine?
Many of Italy’s best dishes start with a drizzle of olive oil. Olive oil is produced from pressing whole olives. There are as many varieties of olive oil as there are olives themselves. Each has a particular flavor, making some more suitable for cooking while others are more suitable for consumption.
Do you know the difference between extra virgin olive oil and regular olive oil? It has to do with the way they are processed. Extra virgin olive oil (or EEOO as Rachel Ray says) tastes most “olivey” because it’s not treated with chemicals or altered by temperature. It has a lower smoke point than other oils which means it burns at a lower temperature. You can still cook with it, but you might as well save it for direct food consumption like in salad dressings and dipping breads. Use the less expensive regular olive oil for cooking and baking.
When you’re ready to serve your favorite Italian dishes, set your table with a gorgeous Tuscany tablecloth. The fabric boasts wispy olive leaves which are a symbol of heavenly power. Besides being very pretty, olive leaves have both nutritional and medicinal benefits.
Since Tuscany is one of Bright Settings’ custom prints, you get to choose the color of the olives in your tablecloth. Do you like green, black, or something in between? FYI, the color of olives has to do with how ripe they are when they’re picked plus how they’re processed. Green olives are picked before they’re ripe. When olives ripen, they turn black. Which do you prefer? I’m told that when picked fresh off the tree, they’re very strong and bitter. That’s why olives are cured and packed in brine.
No matter what kind of olives you like (or don’t like!) you’ll love these olive-embellished Tuscany tablecloths. Add in a coordinating solid table runner and napkins, and you have yourself the start of a wonderful Italian meal. Just cook up some pasta, lay out your favorite wine and cheeses, add a basket of ciabatta bread with olive oil dipping sauce, then invite your hungry friends over. It won’t quite be a vacation to Tuscany, Italy, but it’ll be the next best thing.