A Milk Run down to the Tree Stump

I held off for as long as I could then I caved, threw on a jacket, raced out of the apartment and hustled up the street with my tongue hangin’ out.

A Milk Run down to the Tree Stump | ©Tom Palladio ImagesOMG, I need a foodie fix and I need it RIGHT NOW.

For me, there’s no better place on earth to satisfy my cravings than il Ceppo (the Tree Stump), my go-to gastronomia-enoteca along the Corso Palladio in downtown Vicenza.

Due to summer travels, I stayed away much too long, but as soon as I stepped inside it was as if the prodigal son had returned with high fives all around.

A Milk Run down to the Tree Stump | ©Tom Palladio ImagesCiao Thomas!

Dove sei stato? (Where have you been?)

Ci sei mancato! (We missed you!)

Etc., etc., etc.

After catching up with proprietor-sommelier Maria Giovanna (I call her Mary Jo; she likes that), I started drooling over the freshly-made delicacies on display inside the lengthy glass-enclosed case.

A Milk Run down to the Tree Stump | ©Tom Palladio Images

When the dust settled, I walked out of the shop carrying its signature plastic tote sporting the bright red letters filled with five-star, freshly-made, ready-to-eat, creamy pasta dishes: Pasticcio ai funghi porcini (baked lasagna with porcini mushrooms) and Pasticcio bianche con verdure (baked lasagne with a pork- veal ragù and veggies).


They say you should never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry and they’re probably right; but, who cares, especially when the “tree stump” is just a short milk run away.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©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. You’re killing me here Tom, this post is just cruel :-(. And BTW the photos are terrific. I love the simple cork and the fork/empty plate. You must be an exercise junkie with all that fab food around and a thin waistline!


    1. Tina — Glad you liked this foodie set, especially the wine cork and the empty plate frames. ALL GONE. I don’t exercise, other than my fingers banging out blog posts, but I only eat twice a day. I’d probably drop more weight if I did get into a daily exercise regimen. Some day.


  2. We have several Il Ceppo’s here in my neighborhood; only unfortunately they are just that…tree stumps in the fields 🙂 Oh well, your posts will see me through until I can make it into the City.


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