Saturday, July 11, 2009

On the Street……Waiter at Caffe Florian, Venice

It seems every time I return from Italy I want to watch “The Talented Mr. Ripley” to see if my Italy was as beautiful as the Italy in that movie.

In one of the final scenes of the movie Marge has coffee with Dickie’s Dad at Caffe Florian on San Marco Square in Venice. That spot is still so beautiful (if you can block out the tourists). This young waiter was standing at the cafe and instantly I thought of the movie and how this “type” of young man has probably been working the Cafe Florian for the last 100 years.


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  1. Anonymous

    July 11, 2009 at 9:08 am

    too true! I love this.

  2. Anonymous

    July 11, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Talent Mr. Ripley is one of my favorite movies, but this waiters coat is drowning him

  3. jeff

    July 11, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Timeless. Absolutely beautiful

  4. What Kat Did

    July 11, 2009 at 9:14 am

    This is so true. Venice is my favourite place in the world. I really want to watch that film as well now.

  5. Soren Lorensen

    July 11, 2009 at 9:15 am




  6. The Cowboy

    July 11, 2009 at 9:15 am


  7. Dot

    July 11, 2009 at 9:21 am

    That's so funny, I feel the same way about that perfect film, and for the same reasons! I've got great Italian friends, love going there, and when I miss Italy, I rent the Talented Mr. Ripley. It's like an homage to Anthony Minghella's heritage, altho he grew up in England. He was perhaps the greatest filmmaker of his time, and died tragically too soon.

    Did you notice, someone named David commented on a recent post that the Man With the Purple Suede Loafers was Dickie Greenleaf. Coincidence? I think not!

  8. 50two

    July 11, 2009 at 9:33 am

    i love how even uniforms are so stylish.

  9. Miss L

    July 11, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Ah, this picture made me feel like I was back in Italy… It's so nice when you write more under your pictures, you are so talented.

  10. Miiicha

    July 11, 2009 at 9:49 am

    aaaw how cozy!

  11. Jack Daniel

    July 11, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Great white hype.

  12. MewTwo

    July 11, 2009 at 9:51 am

    che foto!
    one simple reason why florian's is eurotrash:


    because being served your morning caffe' in antiquated style is distinctly, so eurotrash.


  13. Leia

    July 11, 2009 at 10:14 am

    He's gorgeous!

  14. Anonymous

    July 11, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Something irresistible about a man with great eyebrows.

  15. noelakadjtambour

    July 11, 2009 at 10:37 am

    that is a cool uniform and he wears it very well. white bowtie is a wow

  16. JFK Jean

    July 11, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I'd tip this guy extra just for the look alone…..

  17. -h

    July 11, 2009 at 10:41 am


  18. Passport Foodie

    July 11, 2009 at 10:51 am

    This is what I miss about European dining. They actually give a crap. Everyone from the Maitre d' to the waitstaff care about the details.

    Even their uniforms are well thought out and awe inspiring.

    Passport Foodie

  19. Alessia

    July 11, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Love this photo and your way with words.

    Italians have impecable style. What other country in the world has police uniforms designed by Armani?

  20. muranogirl

    July 11, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Agreed! Please Sart, your observations are gems, share them with us more often!
    I sat in the Alitalia lounge in LA with Matt Damon waiting for our flight to Rome. He told us he was on his way to work on a film with Minghella. I got goosebumps.

  21. Bobby

    July 11, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    cool white… the jacket looks a bit large, but still.. great style…

  22. chicmuse

    July 11, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    gorgeous. love it!


  23. Rae

    July 11, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I completely agree! I love that movie! I've never been to Italy but I always dream of living like they did there. The scenery and the clothing in the movie were stunning! whowhatwear did a special thing on that movie's style as well.

  24. Kimberley

    July 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    It's alright, but I'm getting over the whole black and white suite thing.

  25. Karen

    July 11, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    We need some waiters like that in America!

  26. Vanessa

    July 11, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    This is fine dining, people. The jacket *could* be tailored, but he pulls it off well regardless.

    - Vanessa

  27. Berry

    July 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I wouldn't mind dining at that restaurant ;)
    He looks quite stylish! Especially for a uniform!

  28. Lisa Bruckner

    July 11, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Despite the mildly ill fitting jacket, nearly anything served by this man would taste luxurious. You captured the importance of sartorial details in the dining experience. Your eye and skill in photography is unquestionable. However, your comments help us greater enjoy your images. Please continue to share your written thoughts and experiences with us!

  29. Ty Ty

    July 11, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    mmmm hes gorgeous… :P I love the classic outfits of waiters in italy, so elegant!
    Ty Ty

  30. Emma Howard

    July 11, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    The all white shirt,tie and jacket is so fresh.

    He must hold the customers' food away from his body very carefully?

  31. Anonymous

    July 11, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    please don't forget that minghella didn't get their first, check out the original 1960 plein soleil for the first film adaptation.

  32. B

    July 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Great jacket and he looks good!

  33. Anonymous

    July 11, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Since I've watched your interview on FTV Brasil, I've been seeing your blog. It is fantastic and creative. I loved it. It is a way to see different styles from around the world. Congratulations.

  34. Karoline

    July 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Beautiful and classy.

  35. Dom

    July 11, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Not only is this look flawless, the photograph is just lovely. In his expression, you capture the wistful and sort of ageless energy of the place. If I was out people watching, I'd probably make up his life story in my head.

  36. Anonymous

    July 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Wow! That's really really sharp!

  37. Anonymous

    July 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Yuuummm…scrumptious. I'd love to have HIM for dinner.

  38. Melissa

    July 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Classy beautiful!

  39. Anonymous

    July 11, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    So white this look cuts like a knife through butter! His confidence radiates from your masterful picture, Sart! Great shot!

  40. Rob

    July 11, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I LOVE his eyebrows!

  41. Eva

    July 11, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I wish I had your job!

  42. Timothy Steiner

    July 11, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Random Florian fact, locals will go to the Florian on special occasions and when they entertain. They will not go to the Caffe Quadri across the Piazza San Marco because it was where the Austrian troops went two hundred years ago! In Venice, these things endure.

    The uniformed hierarchies of waiters are one of the great joys of Italy! Wonderful pic!

    Enjoy Venice. It's my favorite place in the entire world.

  43. Brigadeiro

    July 11, 2009 at 9:09 pm


  44. Anonymous

    July 11, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    yes…but remember…blocking out the tourists would mean blocking out yourself…;)

  45. Alexandra

    July 11, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    LOVE Venice. One of the most magical places, I think. Great thought.

  46. Maggie May

    July 11, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    i love his eyebrows

  47. lovely lady lessy.

    July 12, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Your comments are so interesting, I enjoy reading your thoughts about a photo.

    Also, I love this kid's haircut.

  48. John Danner

    July 12, 2009 at 2:08 am

    If I had to wear a uniform for a job this would be one I wouldn't mind

  49. frannie

    July 12, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Gorgeous. I'm jealous! I want to be there!

  50. Anonymous

    July 12, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Yoann Gourcuff's TWIN!

    I want to go to more restaurants with waiters like that!

  51. theKcloset

    July 12, 2009 at 8:43 am

    how handsome.

  52. Anonymous

    July 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    yes, but does this coat come in an xx-long?

  53. Faire

    July 12, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    have you ever tried using those mini-video cameras? i think you would enjoy them. it would be awesome to see little videos of these people. especially him! LOL

  54. emilyjayne

    July 12, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Beautiful photo, definitely helped by the fact that he is incredibly handsome, in that classic, old-fashioned, old-hollywood way.

  55. emily

    July 12, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Lovely. It's always nice to be in a place where details matter. I appreciate your commentary, too. But… aren't you a tourist? It always makes me think there's some insecurity involved when tourists are embarrassed to simply be tourists. Put a bold face on and be proud to have taken the time to be enchanted with places that are not your own, respecting others who do the same.

  56. Sasha

    July 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Good job!

  57. Bayley.

    July 12, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Beautiful. I always enjoy the picture so much more when you write a story to go with it :)

  58. Sozvezdie

    July 12, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Love the play of the colours in the buttons contrasting with his jackets…

    Would love to also see the detailing on the shoulders!

    Small post on fashion from Talented Mr. Ripley also on my previous posts:

    As always, love the photo…

  59. Batting Lashes ♥

    July 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Oooooo I wish all waiters had to dress like this!! Very classy.

  60. kyutness

    July 12, 2009 at 8:52 pm


    Also, have you seen the movie Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985). He reminds me of the exotic waiter that the character of Molina was crushing on.

  61. La Maison Fou

    July 12, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Black & White…it works!

  62. Anonymous

    July 13, 2009 at 3:33 am

    che bellaaaa

  63. Beha

    July 13, 2009 at 5:02 am

    I love those white buttons, such a great detail.

    on a side note: The bag that Tom is carrying trough a lot of the movie (the one that "breaks" and revile his jazz LP's) have anyone got an idea where to get one similar? I absolutely love it.

  64. an albanian

    July 13, 2009 at 5:42 am

    really sart!The talented Mr.Ripley!
    I can't believe you're saying this, I thought you are PLEIN SOLEIL kinda guy!

  65. Kuo

    July 13, 2009 at 5:43 am

    He is so pretty and you are so awesome for noticing…thanks for sharing beautiful things with us…

  66. Caroline

    July 13, 2009 at 8:29 am

    He DOES look like he's in a movie…surprising to find a white jacket looking so classy.

  67. Anonymous

    July 13, 2009 at 8:59 am

    BRAVO MAESTRO, cult place, great photo, waiter look like H. Bogart. Ciao.

  68. Anonymous

    July 13, 2009 at 11:55 am

    How gorgeous..? He has a look on his face that says: my uniform might be pristine but I can be very, very naughty.!

  69. Cormac

    July 13, 2009 at 11:59 am

    And yet he is wearing a traditional outfit and a uniform at that! One of the things I LOVE about the Sartorialist is that it seems free of the dogmatic views regarding personal expression, innovation, novelty, shock value ("challenging!"), and uniqueness that dominate the fashion discussion in our times.

    Upholding tradition can be as stylish, interesting, and satisfying as subverting it. Hurrah for the Satorialist!

  70. James Taylor

    July 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is one of the best films made about Italy. Everything detail – the locations, music and of course, fashion – only enhance Italy's undeniable undeniable allure and the darkness which lies just below the surface. Italy itself is really the strongest and most important character in the movie.

    On my first trip to Venice with my parents my mother insisted we visit Florian's for a mid-morning cappuccino. Although it was 1988 and I was nine, so I had a glass of milk (which arrived in a silver-handled glass). My Dad took a great photo of two middle-aged Venetian women in floral dresses sitting at another table. If I had it with me I'd send it you.

  71. JA

    July 13, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Talented Mr. Ripley was a beautiful mess. See Purple Noon for a real translation of Patricia Highsmith's wonderful work.

  72. austintable

    July 13, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Talented Mr. Ripley is an aesthetically gorgeous movie in more ways than one ;)

    You've probably already seen these movies as well Sart, but I also love the films that came out of Italian Neorealism – Umberto D, and Bicycle Thieves. Perhaps not as pleasing on an aesthetic level as on an emotional level, but great Italian cinema nonetheless.

  73. Bombshell Kitten

    July 13, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Very beautiful, stoic picture.

  74. Amber

    July 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Anonymous #2 you're very very wrong. This man is undeniably chic.

  75. Hayley

    July 16, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    love his uniform!

  76. mimi

    July 20, 2009 at 8:40 am

    ahh, i had my first cafe florian experience a few days ago in venice.. and this guy was my waiter! super cute!

  77. Ai

    July 22, 2009 at 5:08 am

    I hope it isn't too inappropriate to say how handsome he looks ;)

  78. Jules, London

    October 29, 2009 at 9:12 am

    This reminds me of the more recent picture of the driver dressed for work. The look is professional and immaculate and basically shows attention to detail and pride in work. I like how 'uniforms' can communicate this. It's part of the holiday/trip experience to observe how people in different places go about their everyday lives. It's a beautiful photo of Euro cafe culture from an 'insider's' point of view at its best.

  79. merry

    February 27, 2010 at 4:42 am

    loved one

  80. Kimberellie

    April 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    So hot.

    Here I am a constant lurker on your site and the one time I feel an absolute compulsion to comment is simply when I think the fellow is that handsome.

    Oh, but I love it all. You take amazing photographs. You really have a way of capturing people.

    but yeah, so hot.

  81. Anonymous

    April 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Very,very nice suit .Combination is awesome.

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