Pasticceria Rizzardini is one of the oldest in Venice, dating from 1742, and is famous for pastry treats such as lingue di suocere (mother-in-law’s tongue) and pallone di Casanova (Casanova’s balls). It has been flooded many times and some of the water from each inundation is preserved in bottles above the bar.
Venice – Photo Tip

Photos are a record of the friends you make

Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Venice – Photo Tip Photos are a record of the friends you make

The back streets of Venice are full of pleasant surprises. This is where the Venetians live and it is an entirely different world to that of the Piazza San Marco or the Canal Grande.

Jurjen Drenth
Jurjen Drenth Travel Photographer

It is where I found a local place called Pasticceria Rizzardini. I stopped by for a ciabatta and was immediately enraptured by the fantastic Venice atmosphere. I photographed the scene and began engaging with the people inside.

My Italian is non-existent but wherever I go I find that a smile is worth a thousand words. I am fascinated by people and tend to make friends easily – lifetime friendships even though they last only a few minutes. After taking some photos of the interior, I decided to ask the owner to pose for me. I love candid, street life, fly-on-the-wall photography but sometimes a portrait reveals so much more. He gladly accepted and even went to fetch his wife so she could join him.

The light was too low to achieve the depth of field I wanted, so I put them in the middle of the scene and focused on them. When I got home I saw how each face told its own story. How proud the owner looked and how oiled the man on the left appeared. When I look at this photograph now, and similar photos I have taken in my life, I can’t help but smile. It is a short moment forever fixed in time; a record of some new friends for life.

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Italy, Venezia (Venice), bar pasticceria Rizzardini at S.Polo Campiello dei Meloni 1415 between Rialto and Accademia with old Venetion cakes and bakeries

Pasticerria Rizzardini is famous for its lingue di suocere or mother-in-law's tongues – a long strip of flakey pastry. Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Canon EOS-1DS

Aperture
ƒ/4/1
Exposure
1/20
ISO
640
Focal
29/1 mm

Pasticerria Rizzardini is famous for its lingue di suocere or mother-in-law's tongues – a long strip of flakey pastry.

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