Paris ● Les Valseuses (St-Germain-des-Pres) – Empty Sexy in Saint-Germain.
Greetings from Italy — I’m here for a week getting the lowdown on the latest restaurants, scoping out the hippest shopping outposts, and catching up on what’s going down after dark. First up is Florence, then Turin, and finally Milan. In Florence, I’ll be meeting up with Filippo Bartolotta of Le Baccanti Tours, the go-to guy for behind-the-scenes Firenze. Specializing in food, wine, and after-dark tours, Filippo promises to give me the proverbial keys to the city (or at least an aperitivo or two). Also in Florence, I’ll be checking out the Grand Hotel and brand-new Westin Excelsior. In Turin, I’ll plunge into the burgeoning nightlife scene, described both as fraught with “underground situations” as well as “magical.” We’ll see. Once in Milan, I’ll run the gamut of nightlife and restaurants — Magazzini Generali, Nobu, Serendepico, and the Dolce & Gabbana restaurant literally made out of gold. Stay tuned.