A Boaring Opera

Italian Chef Comes to the Granada for an Operatic Gala

Some restaurants are proud to make it to their 25th anniversary; L’Antica Locanda di Sesto in Lucca, Italy, has been in existence since 1368. The establishment’s chef, Aurelio Barattini-even his name sounds delicious-will be flying into Santa Barbara to oversee a four-course, black-tie Italian feast, served on the stage of the Granada. Working with him will be Renato Moiso, owner of Via Maestra 42, as they make a meal that will feature cinghiale, Italian wild boar, as its centerpiece. Opera Santa Barbara celebrates Giacomo Puccini’s 150th birthday with this incredible party in his honor held Saturday, November 15, at 6 p.m. Hosting this gala is the composer’s granddaughter Simonetta Puccini, who runs a foundation dedicated to maintaining the composer’s Italian properties, including the Tuscan lakeside villa at Torre del Lago. Arias will be sung, dinner will be supped, Palmina wine imbibed, and the evening will conclude with Italian dance music by the Ciambella Orchestra. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, it’s not over until the singers are fat. For info and tickets, call 898-3890.

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