05 July 2007
love thursday: amore mio

Shh...don't tell P, but I snapped this photo of him while he was taste-testing the merluzzo from yesterday's recipe.


I was across the table from him (not my usual seat) pretending to fiddle with the camera to prepare for upcoming food shots when I zoomed and snapped.

Just so you know, this is 1 in a series of 1. There may not be another for a very long time. Doesn't sit still much this one.
Check out the movement in the fork!

And he's more than just a pretty face! For more P cuteness, check out Conversations with P. And if you want to read about how we met, it's in How a Jean Jacket and Some Wind Can Change Your Life.

I hope all of my American readers, at least, are having a nice long holiday weekend--I think I just may take one myself in honor of my birth country. God bless America!

Happy Love Thursday everyone!


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62 Comments:

Blogger Giulia said...

LMAO, I've taken many photos pretending to fiddle with my camera! So great to finally put a face to the name... ooops, I mean letter. ;) Maybe one day we will learn the rest of the letters.
We can play hangman or something to figure out his entire name. :)

Blogger sognatrice said...

Giulia, hah! We have to be tricky sometimes, don't we? Usually P catches me and then forbids me to share the photo, but this time he didn't notice AT ALL. Guess the merluzzo was that good ;)

His full name really isn't a mystery, but...5 letters...his onomastico just passed (29 giugno)...and there are some clues in this old post as well. Ah, and there's a frequent commenter here who shares his name.

Not too hard ;)

Blogger ViVi said...

Maybe if we all post about how handsome he is (and he is!) he wouldn't mind so much! :)

Blogger Poppy Fields said...

Oh la la, as they say in France, he is one handsome man. Looks like he's loving his meal. Happy Love Thursday!

Anonymous tongue in cheek said...

What a handsome Husband you have. More pictures please ;)

Blogger Giulia said...

"Vanna... can I buy an A...can I buy an O?!" ;) I got it! As soon as you said 5 letters, it's the first name that came to mind. Before the hints though, I dunno why but I kept thinking to myself that maybe his name was Pietro? Oh, and, I agree with everyone else... he IS a handsome man! :)

Anonymous My Melange said...

What a cutie! The best shots are always the unexcepted ones. I have a pic of my hunny, it is a pensive shot, taken as he was gazing over the sea when we were in Positano. He didn't even see it coming and it is one of my favorite pictures....

Blogger KC said...

Complimenti! On both your slyness and your choice of mate. He's very handsome. N doesn't want any photos on the blog either. He only agreed to the little one in my sidebar after checking to make sure you couldn't really see his face it were enlarged. What shrinking violets these men can be!

(BTW, it was the onomastico that gave the name away for me, not so much the clue about five letters. Does that give me away as a former parochial school girl?)

Blogger BecsLifeOnline said...

Yup, I agree with everyone else as well. That's one hell of a hot guy you got there! Lucky girl!!! ;-)

Blogger LaurinainItalia said...

Finalmente! And che bello! It's funny how Giulia said we'd someday hopefully know the full name of P. I think he is fast becoming the Mr.Big of blogging. (atleast in my blogosphere)Way to go with the sneaky camera pics Carrie! Keep 'em coming!

Blogger sognatrice said...

ViVi, ah, you're killing me--I can't tell him I posted this!

Poppy, hah! I literally laughed out loud there. What can I say, though, the merluzzo *was* quite good ;)

TIC, I can't promise anything, but I'll keep trying. I should say that technically, we aren't married to be clear (just in case my parents read this and get nervous that they missed something).

Giulia, you got it! Pietro was quite close though, even as regards the onomastico.

My Melange, I agree on the best shots being spontaneous. Something about zero self-consciousness that makes us all a little cuter, I think :)

KC, I love that N is the same way. I'm lucky in that P never looks at the blog so there's little chance of him finding out the truth--which means he'll also have to live without the knowledge that so many women think he's so darn cute. Oh, and yes, your parochial school plaid skirt is definitely showing right now ;) I put in the 5-letter thing so people wouldn't go for the other half of the onomastico.

Bec, why thank you. P would be so happy to know, if he were ever allowed to ;)

Laura, if you really want to keep the mystery going, you'll have to avoid reading my clues above. No comment on the whole Mr Big thing b/c then he'd really not be happy about this whole blog thing ;)

Blogger -R- said...

Thanks for sharing a picture. He looks like the perfect Italian guy to me. I love the blurry fork!

Anonymous bella said...

Handsome indeed. You two make a very cute couple. And living in Italy? You're both so lucky!!

Blogger somepinkflowers said...

starts with a P...
has five letters...
his name is here...


is it POPPY?
is your cutie-cute husband's name POPPY?

:-)

HAHA!

Anonymous Sara said...

Cute boy!

So, again, why was it exactly that you moved to Italy? ;)

Blogger The Other Girl said...

"Honey, come taste the merluzzo. And take your shirt off first!" Well played, sognatrice. Well played.

I'm sure you know this but your man is fine (for the non-Americans that is slang for very attractive, as in Denzel is fine).

Nice work on the undercover photo thing. :)

Blogger Kathy said...

Very handsome! And I love how you managed to take the picture...good thing he doesn't read your blog!

Ahhhhhhh. You've got to love those classic Italian features. :-) Care to airmail me something similar? LOL!

Christina

Blogger Annika said...

Oh you two will make the most beautiful babies :)

Although you're mean. Not only are you photographing him without him knowing, AND publishing the photo on the web, you just had to do a nude picture. Or perhaps he always eats naked? Perhaps he's a nudist, which is why we've never been allowed to see him before? Bring on the photos! :D

Blogger sognatrice said...

R, I'm rather partial to the fork as well. Couldn't have planned that better actually.

Bella, yes we are quite lucky. Thanks :)

SPF, get this girl a prize! Oh wait. You wrote "Poppy." Close, but....

Sara, hee hee. You must realize, though, that I was in Italy for a year and a half before I met P. He may have something to do with why I haven't left yet, though ;)

TheOG, my reaction after reading your comment was literally, I swear, a sinister laugh. And then I raised one eyebrow just for good measure.

NYC, hey, thanks for bringing up Denzel--always a welcome addition to any blog post :)

Kathy, yes, I'm very lucky he doesn't check out the blog. With my luck, tonight he'll ask me what I've been up to. Ah! I hear him coming now as I'm typing this!

Christina, yes I do rather enjoy this classic Italian look; we have plenty of it here if you'd like to take a bit of a vacation ;)

Annika, too funny. Actually P has his shirt off very rarely, but it's been so hot that he whips it off as soon as he comes in the door these days. And then, you know, eats, obviously ;) I doubt we'll be having a nude photo spread anytime soon considering I haven't gotten clearance on the face just yet....

Blogger JennieBoo said...

He reminds me of Adrian Brody, one of my favorite actors.

P is very handsome!

You're a lucky woman!

Enjoy! :)

Blogger qualcosa di bello said...

NICE JOB!! why you sneaky, sneaky girl...using food to manipulate a man - well done!

Blogger goodthomas said...

Boy, when desiring to be photogenic, it certainly helps to be immensely good looking, as P is. Goodness, as a man, I would kill to look like that.

Black and white photography and a twirling fork don't hurt an image's appeal either.

Well done (on all five accounts).

Blogger sognatrice said...

Jennie, that's funny you mention Adrian Brody--one of my American friends has said that as well. I can see it, especially from this angle. My P has deep brown eyes though :)

Qualcosa, you know what they say--the way to a man's photo....

gt, why thank you, from P and me (even though I'll wait a good long while until I tell him how handsome everyone finds him) :) I just love black and whites. I need to do more of them.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Aw heck now that I wrote that last comment, I looked up Brody--first of all, it's "Adrien" (my apologies) and I really can't tell what color eyes he has. Anyway, P's are darker, I know that.

Blogger it's me, Val said...

He is quite the cutie! Great picture. Happy love Thursday to you, too!!

Blogger Paolo said...

Michelle, your man lives up to his name. ;-) Black and white was an inspired choice here, too - something about him looks very Fifties, not sure if it's how he wears his hair or what.

And, unfortunately, the ponte - that very civilized Italian practice - has not made it to the United States. It is a work day, though a quiet one, as much of the Nation is hung over...

Blogger Louise said...

Okay even though I am a happily married woman I can see the beauty in others that being said....DANG your man is HOT!! LOL

I take pictures without my family knowing too!!! TOO FUNNY!

Have a fabulous day!!

Anonymous Nora said...

Ooooh la la indeed (thanks Poppy Fields).

Blogger Kimberly said...

I'm definitely keen for a "Sognatrice the Spy" series, full of such shots. =)

Blogger Kimberly said...

p.s. His name suits him. =)

Blogger Scribbit said...

If he isn't just the picture of the handsome Italian man I don't know what is! Great picture.

Blogger cheeky said...

I love this photo and I think the black and white is fantastic. It does have a very vintage appeal and captures the quintessential "handsome Italian"; P being the handsome Italian. Frame it and show it off!
Now. . . . for your clever and sneaky ways . . . you're good, too good and I'm concerned, LOL!
xo

Blogger sognatrice said...

Val, thanks! Hope your Thursday was full of love :)

Paolo, P tells me all the time that Calabria is 50 years behind America, etc., so perhaps that explains something. Sorry there's no ponte for you, but I'm sure someday there will be :)

Louise, hee hee...don't you love how sneaky we get with a camera in our hands? I don't like my photo taken either, though, so I completely understand--I like it much better from behind the lens :)

Nora, thanks, and that post I promised is coming, I swear!

Kimberly, what a great idea for a series...hmm....

Scribbit, and to think P is self-conscious of his classic Italian features. He'll never believe all this praise, I tell you ;)

Cheeky, not a bad idea on framing. Actually if I combine the "Spy" series with this framing idea, we just may have found a way to cheaply decorate the new place (framing here is *so* inexpensive for some reason!) And, um, I'm good when I want to be ;)

Blogger stefanie said...

R is right; he looks like the perfect Italian man. And if I'm right about his name, that's perfectly Italian, too. :-) Glad you let us put a face to the letter, even if you did have to be sneaky about it.

Blogger Figs Olives Wine said...

Great photo and exceptionally handsome P! Love those southern Italian men!

Anonymous a far away friend said...

Handsome ! Handsome ! Handsome ! You are soooo sneaky !!! Once again sognatrice, great shot !! You are one lucky gal. Thanks for the 4Th of July Wishes !!

Blogger Karen Cole said...

Italy.....italian food,....italian language....a gorgeous italian man.......do you pinch yourself everyday????

Blogger JennieBoo said...

I have tagged you....

http://osomolove.blogspot.com/2007/07/ive-been-tagged.html

Enjoy!

Anonymous Frances said...

Wowie wowie zing zing zing - he's got everything - actually you do **wink **wink
Waving at you from New York,
Frances

Blogger James Burnett said...

That's a great story on how you guys met! Definitely one to tell the grandchildren some day. Fit for a book or a movie. I'd watch it, and I'm usually averse to romance stories.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Stefanie, I rather like P's name too, especially when I see examples of what it could've been every day--Pasquale or Luigi for instance (no offense to those named as such).

Figs, yes, I'm partial to southern Italian men as well ;)

Friend, glad you approve ;)

Karen, as a matter of fact I do, and I'm happy to report that I feel it every day :)

Jennie, ah! I just wrote 8 things...hmm...I shall do my best.

Frances, what a reaction! Kind of makes him seem like a superhero ;)

James, grandchildren?! Whoa! Just because *you're* reproducing....

Anyway, glad you liked the meeting story. It'd probably be kind of boring in a movie, but if Adrien Brody signed on, it might work ;)

Thanks for stopping by :)

Blogger anno said...

Wow. If I thought there was a chance that my M. would look like this after I made cuorcini di merluzzo in bianco, I wouldn't wait until next week to make it. Gorgeous picture!

Blogger sognatrice said...

Anno, that's hilarious--thanks for the laugh :)

Blogger Caroline in Rome said...

Looks like a really deep, intense Italian.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Caroline, remember he's looking at *la cena* here, so in this context, yes, he's absolutely deep and intense ;)

Anonymous Judith in Umbria said...

He's straight out of the 1950s golden era of cinema. I could easily have been convinced Calabria was the place to be with that face. Unfortunately, I know his dad is married and that's who I might be suitable for.

Sigh...

Blogger sognatrice said...

Judith, you're right in assuming he looks very much like his father, except P is considerably taller (although it wouldn't be a problem since I'm a gamberetta anyway). Actually P looks just like his grandmother (as judged from an old photo of her framed on the wall)--no offense to Nonna, but the look works *much* better on a man.

That said, I believe P may have a zio who is libero....

Anonymous Judith in Umbria said...

Lo zio è bello? Gli piace le donne stranieri? Come si sente dei capelli rossi? La cucina? I gatti?

Anonymous Judith in Umbria said...

How about we make that gli piacciono le donne stranieri? In genere, perché credi mi, se fosse il compagno di questa, non è permessa nessun altra.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Judith, first let me say, oh how I hate the verb piacere.

Next, I'd have to ask lo zio some questions, but I'm guessing foreign, red hair, and mistress of the kitchen are definite pluses.

The cats? Not so sure, but they must be considered better than rabbits (as pets). My suocera just brought me a coniglio pronto per cucinare this morning....

Anonymous Judith in Umbria said...

Cool! Better check out the cat thing. I could be your quasi aunt.

Blogger sognatrice said...

I'm on it. I've always wanted a cool American zia!

Blogger The Daily Rant said...

I am THRILLED to finally see a picture of P. And I love that it's in black and white. He reminds me of my grandfather (who is also Italian) when he was younger. The hairstyle and the nose specifically. And I love that you captured him taste testing - it just completes the picture of a true Italian man. I'm glad he didn't catch you photographing him, as I've been curious for a long time about what he looked like - now I know. Lucky you.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Daily Rant, thanks for commenting! I'm happy I've finally gotten a decent shot of P (I have many with his hand partially blocking his face)--and yes, while eating is very fitting. I have to say, also, that I think your Nonno must've been quite handsome ;)

Blogger odessa said...

I echo everyone's comments: you're P is hot, hot, hot.

Does he have any brothers? *wink,wink*

Blogger sognatrice said...

Odessa, he *does* have two brothers...both married with children. I'll keep you posted on any developments though ;)

Blogger odessa said...

ah, i knew it was too much to ask for a single, unattached brother. hmmm...a cousin perhaps? :P

seriously, i just want to let you know that as a new reader to your blog, i really enjoyed all your entries. will come back regularly for sure!

Blogger sognatrice said...

Odessa, thanks so much for your continued support--I really appreciate it, and I'm happy you're enjoying your time here :)

And I'll keep an eye out for a sexy cousin ;)

Blogger Emsk said...

What am I doing in Japan???

Ha fratelli?

Blogger sognatrice said...

Hee hee...sì ma sono sposati....

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