Only every once in a while do you come across a phenomenal waiter. A dedicated and inspired individual who encourages you to taste as much as he encourages you to eat.
Everywhere we visited in Europe offered spectacular food, but the service highlight was definitely Venice. And that was wholly based on the experience provided by the glorious Giordano of Al Paradiso, a restaurant hidden along one of the many gorgeous streets of Venice.
Our service was prompt--we were seated right away. Everything on the menu looked good, leaving me without a clue as to where to start.
So Giordano took the matter into his own hands with a smile, and brought us out dish after dish of exactly what we (previously unknowingly) wanted. He had the menu memorized perfectly. The highlights of the meal were numerous, but the best part was Giordano. A wonderful older gentleman, with a bright smile and the spunk to tell us to not add parmesan to our gnocchi—he made our night. He was delicate when he spoke, explained how we should approach eating certain dishes, and allowed us the freedom to explore the Venetian cuisine.
After many hours spent enjoying the food, drinks, and culture of the restaurant, we decided to wander for gelato (that is, after we tried the house tiramisu, and panna cotta, and biscotti), immediately running into Giordano down the street.
"Have a beautiful night! Grazie!" he said.