Right now, many wish they were planning to leave for summer destinations on the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Sicilia or Isola Ponza. Imagine seeing the faraglioni rock formations or gliding in a boat under The Grotto Azuro. Sun drenched spots filled with yachts, Sicilian cannolis with orange peels, limoncello shots or savoring a gelato vaniglia while wearing your new Missoni striped bikini, Capri sandals and Dolce and Gabbana cat eyed sunglasses. Remember the SPF lotion when the sun is shining down on your skin and you’re dreaming of a skin kissed glow. Well, due to the pandemic, relaxing summer days and music filled nights, have been put on hold. Soon, we can stop by NYC’s local hot spot, Come Prima. A high end fashionable Italian restaurant, located in The Upper East Side neighborhood on Madison Avenue. Here, one can immerse themselves in the black and white 1950’s photos of boaters, snapshots of Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly, while dining on spicy pasta fra diavlo or cavatelli with porcini mushrooms. Relax and have an aperol spritz or a bottle of wine from the Chianti region. Sophia Loren is known for her quotation; “All of my curves, I owe to pasta”. It is a welcoming spot owned by Italian born, Salvatore. It gets tourists strolling down the shopping street or locals who feel at home. The Mediterranean is at your door with the modern and stylish white tables and chairs, bar, lively decor and an old world Italian touch. A time to reflect and eat locally once the restaurants can reopen. A staycation can be enjoyable and the Big Apple’s melting pot lends authenticity to the cities’ varied cultural cuisines and style.