Made to Entertain

A welcoming Greenwich home evokes the feel and flavors of Tuscany.

 

Randy O'Rourke

The wall is the first thing you see. Come round the bend on a short, pretty street in this quarter-acre neighborhood in Cos Cob  and there it is—the wall, the arched gate, then the tall, stately home with an unmistakable Italian pedigree. Suddenly, you’re not in Connecticut anymore.

It’s not a forbidding wall, not so high or wide that it seems unfriendly. But it is different—surprising, and intriguing. More than a few passersby have stopped to admire what appears to be a venerable old wall and wonder what lies beyond it, says architect and homeowner Vince Colangelo. He likes the fact that his property piques curiosity, but what pleases him more is the comfort and ambience he’s created with his Tuscan-inspired villa—on both sides of the wall.

Warm and gracious, always quick to offer a drink and a bite to eat, Vince and his wife, Rossana, christened the place Villa Vincero (an endearing combination of Vince and Ro). It’s a home filled with heart. Its common rooms open to a courtyard sheltered by the wall, the house and a stand of cypress trees, as if in an Italian grandmother’s embrace. An open kitchen anchors the space; it’s where they live . . . and gather with family, including Vince’s grown children, and friends  from near and far . . . .

To read this entire article, pick up the May 2010 issue of Connecticut Magazine.

Made to Entertain

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