Interview: Chef Franco Sampogna of NYC Speakeasy Restaurant, Frevo

Inventive contemporary French cuisine tucked behind an art gallery in Greenwich Village

If one subscribes to the belief that a meal can tell a story, the first dish within the tasting menu at Frevo sets the tone for a romance. Each frequently shifting seasonal tasting menu consists of five courses: two appetizers, one meat and fish course, and then a dessert. Each dish includes ingredients of the utmost freshness, assembled with passion. Chef Franco Sampogna, general manager …

Word of Mouth: Barcelona

Several stunning spots to visit in one of our favorite cities

From the tight medieval alleys of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter to Eixample’s carefully planned, uniquely shaped octangular blocks (the cut-off corners transform every intersection into more open plazas), Barcelona bursts with history, spirit, and inspiration—it’s a city that renders even the most fervent minimalist design lovers speechless and transforms them into romantics, with a little help from Gaudí and friends. In between the voluptuous, biomorphic, elaborate, …

The Island of Paros, Greece’s Design Hotel: Parīlio

33 suites in classic Cycladic architecture set atop rolling grounds of rugged beauty

From its open and airy entrance onward, the recently opened Parīlio hotel welcomes guests into tranquility. Within the oft overrun Greek islands, Parīlio’s serene home of Paros—historically acknowledged as one of the most beautiful—sustains its mission of peace and quiet. The Design Hotel comprises 33 suites and excels at the subtle gestures required of an escape—from its thoughtful geometries in contrast to the rolling, rugged …