Just around the corner from Piazza dei Signori, Vicenza’s main square, and right across the way from my hat shop, Palladio Cappelleria, is Ristorante-Pizzeria Al Paradiso, a reasonably priced eatery in the centro storico (historic center) that offers outdoor dining while the good weather lasts.

Phoneographing My Way to Paradise | ©Tom Palladio ImagesWhenever I have a craving for an authentic, wood-fired pizza at night, Al Paradiso (literally and figuratively, To Paradise), for me, trumps all the other local pizzerias.

And, when I’m just too lazy to prep lunch, I’ll head “to paradise,” too, where one of the best waiters in town is stationed — Edison (no relation to Lightbulb Tom) — and let him suggest something off the menu that’ll satisfy my palate.

Today, it was a fresh, perfectly grilled piece of pesce spada (swordfish). Fitting, when you consider Al Paradiso sits on the corner of what used to be the city’s old fish market.

Here’s how it looked through the lens of my iPhone 5, upgraded over the weekend to iOS 7.

For more shots of food, or a host of other subjects framed with a dial tone and entered in this week’s Phoneographic Monday Challenge, just click HERE.

If you occasionally shoot with an iThingie, why not join in the fun and hone your craft. There’s a rotating Phoneography Challenge each and every Monday. For details, visit Sally’s Lens and Pens by Sally.

Until next Monday, let your iThingie be your lens.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Paladio Images

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 Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 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 the travertine and cobblestone 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 in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. That fish looks succulent!!… And I’ve never had fish in a round slab like that before XD… oval yes, but not so circular as in the photo 🙂 Living off vicariously though your food pics as always 😛


    1. WLinaF — First time for me, too. Never had swordfish “in the round.” It was perfect for the iPhone shoot. Glad I went “to paradise” to capture it. Feel free to live vicariously through me, I don’t mind at all. 🙂


  2. I’m so happy I had breakfast before looking at your photos. 🙂 Maybe this is where we had our wood fire-cooked pizza so many years ago. But if not, who cares? It was wonderful. Does your hat shop carry women’s hats, too, or is it just a men’s hat shop. I’d love to go there, too.



    1. Janet — Let’s just say Al Paradiso was the place where you had that pizza when you visited Vicenza all those many “luna” ago. About my hat shop, they carry a fine line of women’s head apparel, too, including Stetson!


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