There is nothing quite as nice as a family dinner, except for maybe an Italian family dinner. The night of September nineteenth, I was taken to a family dinner at an incredible house just outside Verona, Italy. In America I often find myself amazed to see a structure from the 40’s or 50’s, but in Italy I have been to several homes that have been around since the 17th or 18th century. Tonight’s dinner was in such a home and it was filled with an old world charm that I’ve yet to experience.
The dinner hosts were very gracious and welcomed me with open arms. As the night went on I photographed the evening with my Sony A900 and a 35mm lens using only available light, something I love doing these days as it is less intrusive than having a flash disrupt the mood of the evening. I took the ISO up to 1600 and shot wide open at F 1.4 the entire evening.
It was a wonderful evening filled with laughter, great food, incredible wine and new friendships. Dinner was served in the kitchen on a long beautiful table and several people helped cook the meal as we talked and got to know each other. My Italian is quite bad but one of the guest only spoke to me in Italian and surprisingly I understood him. We all laughed as I learned more and more throughout the evening. Allora! It was a night I will never forget and could only have been better if my girlfriend has been along with me as she also enjoys evenings like this as well. The evening ended with my staying at another amazing Italian home. Now I understand why George Clooney has a home in Italy.
Thanks to my wonderful hosts Maurizio and Elizabetta! I hope to see you soon.
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