Taste of Summer

artist Ann Northrup

Taste of Summer by Ann Northrup. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • location Vetri Ristorante
  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • completion date

    October 15, 2009

About the Project 

The mural is set in an idealized landscape – a combination of Lancaster County and Perugia, Italy. The people are outdoors on a terrace eating, drinking, arguing, flirting, climbing trees, and sleeping. There is an element of indulgent comedy, within a garden of earthly delights.

Taste of Summer, detail. Photo by Jack Ramsdale.

The mural is on the side of Vetri Ristorante, owned by James Beard award winning Chef Marc Vetri. Northrup’s idyllic vision matched Vetri’s values as a chef and restaurateur. Northrup says that “[Vetri’s] philosophy is that a great food experience is all about the feelings and environment you are in at the time, so we were, in some ways, perfectly in sync.” Northrup’s hope is for visitors to “dive into the space and recall their own serendipitous and wonderful outdoor experience with food and friends.”


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