What is Italy? A mint green scooter leaning against a peeling, faded facade. Wrought-iron balconies draped with blooming bougainvillea. A string of loosely-tied Italian phrases drifting out of an open kitchen window. Dining al fresco with flavors from surrounding lemon trees, olives groves and grape-draped vines. Tradition. Simplicity. Effortless elegance.