The Power of Love in a Bowl of Risotto

The woman had been staring at me for what seemed like forever. She had even tried to get me to order something else.

I was starting to get paranoid, worried I had done something wrong. This was my first trip to Venice and I had found a quaint trattoria tucked away from the crowds.

I self consciously kept eating my risotto. I was savoring the dish. Never in my life had I tasted anything like it. Without knowing exactly what I was doing, I had pointed off the handwritten daily menu. Risi e Bisi. I had no idea fresh pea risotto would taste so dreamy.

She finally approached me and ask, doubtful, whether I liked it.

I loved it.

Shock melted into adoration and in the next moments I was getting extra wine, a special side and loving pats across my shoulder. She brought her sisters out of the kitchen to show me off which was followed by a round of kisses on the top of my head.

All because I ordered her risotto on a whim.

I loved it and she loved me for it.

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A return visit with my tour group. Not my best photo.


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