Lasciate Ogne Speranza

September 1, 2018

Pizza Anfiteatro

A pizza with fresh mozzarella drizzled with a reduced balsamic vinegar.  One slice is missing.
SPQT is engraved on a stone plaque on the central column of a large brown stone fountain.  A stone man blows water upwards from a seashell.
A shirtless, crowned, metal figure points with his right hand to the trident held by his left.
A stone horse rears, water coming out of its mouth.

An ichthyocentaur.

Water comes from a seashell and a vase held by an ichthyocentaur---an animal with the torso of a man, the front legs of a horse, and the tail of a fish.

Doss Trento

White brick columns form a circle topped by a round white ring, behind a hillside covered with trees.

Dante Alighieri

A statue of a serious man with a laurel crown extending his right hand, fingers spread.
A light tan church with a tower with a steep green tiled roof.
A stone fountain lit from below with Neptun and his trident before a great stone church at night.

Trento, Italy

I arrived in Trento on Saturday night after an all day trip through Düsseldorf, Venizia, and Verona. Next time I’ll take the train through München. I had an absolutely fantastic pizza with tomato sauce, fresh basil, mozzarella di bufala, dizzled with a reduced balsamic vinegar at Anfiteatro, a new restaurant. Sunday it rained but I did some indoor and underground archaeological tourism and visited the cathedral.

During the week I was busy with a program at ECT*, but also had a free Friday afternoon and evening. I returned to Anfiteatro to have the pizza, but accidentally walked into their grand opening! They had a free buffet with a free glass of wine, and live music. The food was delicious—some kind of roasted pork, a variety of roasted and pickled vegetables, fried dough of some kind—but I kind of wished for that pizza! The musician performed popular and classic English-language songs. He could sing but sprinkled every song with mondegreens, which I found amusing at first and distracting by the end.

September 1, 2018

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