Sunday, January 13, 2008

Burgh Diaspora: Philadelphia

A Diaspora sighting at a new restaurant in Philadelphia:

So it was with sense of "At last!" as much as anything else that I popped into the newly opened restaurant a few weeks ago, a romantic mural of the scarlet-cloaked daughter of Iroio (the inspiration for Abruzzi's only opera of note) striding on one wall, the bar populated - who woulda thought? - by a gaggle of high-spirited Pittsburgh expats, one of whom, the soprano RoseMarie Peraino, was easily coaxed into launching into a few sweet bars of the Puccini classic O Mio Babbino Caro.

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