I find it inspiring that a man would devote his life to mastering the craft that he loved from childhood and find reward in that devotion. That would describe the life experience of Giacomo Bulleri, who left home at the age of 11 to find his way from rural poverty to life in the city.
At the age of 11, clutching a tiny, tobacco-colored cardboard suitcase with the aroma of mushrooms clinging to it, Giacomo Bulleri left his home in the rural Tuscan village of Collodi and boarded a train to try to find work. His mother had neatly folded and packed his country clothes — not appropriate for a city but the only clothes he had — to send him off to a place neither parent had ever been. The sixth child of poor, hardworking farmers, Bulleri was sent to Turin, where, his parents had heard, there was “a need for swift legs and sharp eyes.” In the city, he found work as “a jack of all trades” in a restaurant, he says. It would be two years before he would return home or see his parents again. By then, he had changed.
I find it even more inspiring that a man like Bulleri could team up with another man who was as devoted to his craft as Bulleri was to the kitchen: Monjardino, the architect. The two have collaborated to provide Milan with unique dining settings. Here is one
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