Chestnuts in the Piazza della Frutta (Padua)

castagne padova piazza erba frutta

Every year, Steve Muench, my college roommate and one of my best friends of all time (and one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met) sends me a photo of a roast chestnut seller in the Piazza della Frutta in Padua where he and I attended university back in the late 80s.

It’s that time of year when the damp cool weather of fall in the Veneto is tempered by the unmistakable aroma of street-roasted chestnuts.

I’m so glad that Steve and I are friends. And I remember those years as if they were yesterday…

In other news…

I’m about to leave for New York where my good buddy and client Paolo Cantele (below right) and I will begin our Cantele Rolling Thunder Tour 2013. We have some pretty amazing reservations lined up across the country.

Hold on to your seats!

jar and paolo

3 thoughts on “Chestnuts in the Piazza della Frutta (Padua)

  1. Smelling roasted chestnuts always brings me back to living in Bologna in the mid-90s. I was a Northern California boy through and through and that was my first extended period being in a cold climate. And I loved it! I had a great old corduroy overcoat I got at the weekend mercato. It was like wearing a blanket. Such good times.

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