Day 1: Celebrating the Italian Spirit

This is it folks. Our last day in Italy for the foreseeable future. I'm writing from the Alitalia lounge at Venice Marco Polo Airport, thanks to Drew's gold status. Fond memories lighten my spirits and I realize that I never really touched upon what it is about the Italian spirit that is so compelling and … Continue reading Day 1: Celebrating the Italian Spirit

Day 2: The day before we fly

How does one sum up a six year experience in Italy? One doesn't. One lives life to its fullest each and every day. The last day needn't be any different should each day truly be a fulfilling experience worth savoring for the rest of your life. Today was no different. Today was our last full … Continue reading Day 2: The day before we fly

Day 4: Trattoria Zamboni

Trattoria Zamboni is legendary in Vicenza for being one of the top upscale eateries in the area. Fortunate for us, the restaurant is situated less than five kilometers from where we live. Shockingly, we've never eaten there, until tonight! In the town of Lapio, famous to our visitors for another great restaurant¬†we frequent,¬†Trattoria Zamboni occupies … Continue reading Day 4: Trattoria Zamboni

Day 6: La Colombara

Restored from an old farmhouse, PashbyMaul Adventures is currently staying at Bed and Breakfast La Colombara, in beautiful Pianezze del Lago, as we await our departure from Italy this weekend. Situated just up the road from our old house, we feel fortunate to be able to stay in our own neighborhood through till the end … Continue reading Day 6: La Colombara

Day 9: Vecia Priara

When you leave casa di Maul and drive straight up the mountain behind the house, the first town you hit is called Villabalzana. Here you will find one of the best examples of a trattoria serving truly local traditional favorites of the Colli Berici, Trattoria alla Vecia Priara. Vecia Priara literally translates to mean "of … Continue reading Day 9: Vecia Priara

Day 12: The Last Supper

This past weekend, the neighbors gathered like they do a least a few times a year, only this time it was the bittersweet celebration wishing us well on our way to Uzbekistan. Our little community is like no other we've ever lived in before. No where else have either of us felt so at home … Continue reading Day 12: The Last Supper

Day 14: Mistral Bar

Sometimes, when you're hungry, you just want good food. Nothing special, no fancy decor, no gimicky service, just a place where anyone can come and get consistently good homemade eats. This is the realm of the trattoria. Not your Soho variety yuppie restaurant, but a real authentic blue-collar even no-collar local dining room serving perfect comfort … Continue reading Day 14: Mistral Bar