Italy purveys the kind of splendour that inspires universal admiration, be it in art, music or food. Paparazzi, the Italian restaurant of Edsa Shangri-La, Manila, pays homage to this enduring culture beloved by many in a five-day festival titled Il Carnevale dell’Amore (The Carnival of Love). Authentic Italian cuisine, classical Italian opera and arresting period art headline in a Venetian carnival-themed revelry.
From August 23 to 27, 2010, from 7 to 10 p.m., restaurant guests will be treated to a special six-course Italian degustation dinner prepared by the Italian executive chef of Paparazzi, Salvatore de Vincentis. Expect a different menu every night, which includes seared jumbo scallops in prosciutto with kiwi compote and balsamic rocket salad, brandy-flamed lobster bisque with fragrant tomato and lobster salsa, aglianico wine risotto with braised Italian sausage, oven-roasted beef angus wrapped with Parma ham on garlic-mashed potato with Lambrusco wine reduction, and warm Sabayon with Marsala wine and meringue biscotti.
World-acclaimed Italian classical opera artists –the tenor Maurizio Saltarin and the soprano Jolanta Stanelite– on a rare visit to Manila, will serenade dinner guests with arias and duets from treasured Italian operas. The musical accompaniment will be provided by the equally celebrated violinist and pianist, Alberto de Meis and Guido Galterio, respectively.
Venetian costumes and masks from the 16th century will be put on exhibition on the same dates at the mezzanine foyer of the hotel, across Paparazzi. The art pieces for display and retail will come from Il Mercante di Venezia, a concept store specialising in Italian painting.Dinner is limited seating and reservation is required.
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