An old tower stands tall - San Zenone degli Ezzelini (TV), Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesMother’s Day 2013.

It’s the one day out of the year for the family matriarch with kids — from babies to grownups — to be treated like royalty by her offspring.

Breakfast in bed, soggy cornflakes or soufflé; its the thought that counts.

The house spic-‘n’-span, by someone else, and ready for your white-glove inspection.

Maybe dinner and a movie ’cause you’ve been fab 24/7/365.

Regardless of how it turns out on your day-of-days, Happy Mother’s Day to you.

Along the Veranda of Ristorante alla Torre - San Zenone degli Ezzelini (TV), Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesHere in Italy it’s celebrated as Festa della Mamma. And that means Italian mothers — from the Alps to Agrigento — are being treated to lunch somewhere far from their respective kitchens.

Together with my nephew and grandniece, F and A, we treated a few mammas just right today, too: a delicious lunch at Ristorante alla Torre, in the shadows of the ruins of an old castle in the hills overlooking San Zenone degli Ezzelini in the province of Treviso in the Veneto region of the Bel Paese’s northeast.

The lunch was quite nice. The wait staff was superb. The ambience could not have been any better. And my tablemates, the mammas we treated, O and P, got five-star ratings.

Enjoy the virtual sampling of some of the dishes plated before us, and a quick tour of the wine cellar.



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The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him in and out of 49 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway somewhere in the Veneto. You can also follow his dispatches from the cobblestone at and


  1. Such colorful and beautiful photos…no throwing them from the tower (or the train)…fill them until they can’t eat anymore!

    1. Thanks, Tina. I only had the iPhone to work with, and had to work quick as everyone at the table was in a hurry to eat. Hey, a belated Happy Mother’s Day, 2 u, assuming you’re a mommy.🙂

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