Catherine Faris and her husband, Brian, have just upped stakes and moved to their home in Martina Franca, Italy. An early interest in all things Italian prompted Catherine to spend a classic university junior year abroad in Florence, followed by a stint among the Dino de Laurentiis film and food entourage in New York, Los Angeles and Italy. Brian and Catherine met during the design phase of Catherine’s Italian restaurant, Trattoria Primizia, in California, both similarly obsessed with Al Green, stone buildings and la bell’Italia.
Catherine and Brian married in 1986, followed by three children, two houses and full-time jobs in Santa Cruz, California. Ten years later, the young family gathered up their gear, rented their houses and escaped to Umbria. The year culminated in an extended trip to Puglia, where they were struck by lightening in the form of olive trees, deep red soil and the warmth of the southern Italian sun. They returned to California a year later leaving five acres, a hundred olive trees and a stone ruin deep in the heel of Italy’s boot.
Now Catherine and Brian have returned to Italy for good. With their children, they have launchedg an extra-virgin olive oil export business, Pascarosa, and writing their nuova storia every day.