Like fine wine, he’s Romano DOC (Conrolled Origin of Denomination) — born and raised in Rome.
And, this easy-going, affable Aquarian just turned the calendar over yesterday to the BIG FIVE-OH.
That’s a lot of mileage, and he added a few more kilometers to the count when his wife, T, convinced him that they should celebrate this benchmark achievement not at home down in the Eternal City, but on the road up in La Serenissima — Venice.
Little did he know, his wife had been plotting for quite some time to throw him a surprise birthday dinner party, with a “little” help from family and friends around the Veneto, including me, a Yank in a battered Borsalino.
It was a feast fit for a Venetian Doge — or, at least someone passing the half-century mark — at Al Graspo de Ua, a restaurant of note just a few paces from the Rialto Bridge, tucked away in one of the narrow calli (streets) of Venice.
Buon Compleanno, Luca! Here’s wishing you many, many more…especially if you celebrate them up in Venice.
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