Dining Al Fresco

Episode HORJD-113H

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Billy and Isis have no idea what to do with their weed-strewn, disused backyard. Isis' mother, who loves to garden, refuses to even try to grow her favorite plants because the soil is so tough and dry. The family wants something classic, lush and romantic where they can gather and bond over home-cooked meals. Jamie travels to Italy to find inspiration in the sights and smells of one of the most romantic places on earth. In Rome, the spectacular Trevi Fountain gives him an idea for a classic stone fountain. Based on the gardens of Villa Lante, Jamie decides to create a beautifully sculpted parterre. Jamie visits a private home in Umbria where he discovers a 250-year-old wood-fired pizza oven surrounded by natural stone, which inspires a modern wood-burning replica in Billy and Isis' backyard. European vines and spillover plants, prevalent in the older sections of Rome, contribute a sense of age and tradition to this truly romantic outdoor dining room.