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A Casa with Franco Nuschese

The dining room, painted bright green by the previous owners, centers on a long table and Queen Anne-style chairs.

The dining room, painted bright green by the previous owners, centers on a long table and Queen Anne-style chairs.

Before purchasing the six-bedroom home in 2002, Nuschese had been living off Reservoir Road in a smaller house. “A lot of my friends wondered why I wanted to buy such a big property,” he says. “I was close friends with the previous owners so I knew the house for many years. It was always special to me. I love the beautiful gardens where at night I can see the moon and stars. It gave me an opportunity to entertain more.”

Since moving in, the restaurateur has done little to change the rooms except to fill them with comfortable furniture and personal mementoes. His interests are evident to guests as soon as they walk in the front door. Displayed in glass cases in the vestibule are Venetian masks and old playing cards, emblematic of his roots in Italy and Vegas casinos. A gold carved starburst on the staircase wall turns out to be a centuries-old halo once belonging to an Italian statue of a saint. Hanging in the hallway is a signed photo of Sophia Loren with Elvis Presley. “I like to mix the old and the new worlds,” says Nuschese. “I’m not a big contemporary design guy.”

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