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




  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. What a fun post. I could smell your supper as you were eating it. 🙂 Naughty that you didn’t share, however.

  3. Tom, you must have waddled off to bed that night and had either amazing or scary dreams. 🙂 How fun to have a place like that close by.

  4. 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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