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Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Philadelphia Story, Part Four

Baby and I were fortunate enough to go to La Scala opera house in Milan a few years back—well, we didn’t actually go in and see an opera or anything, we just lingered around the ghosts as I splayed my fingers over the grand façade and tried to channel Maria Callas. But we did have a wonderful dinner in Milano that evening at La Libera, supping on Crepe Lasagna and Filetto Manzo. We had just left a glorious three days behind us at the Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como before stopping overnight in Milan en route to Switzerland via St. Moritz—all in a remarkable 24 hours!

This year, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is bringing Milan to you, courtesy of Philadelphia’s 1865 Academy of Music, modeled after the famed La Scala, as they present Bistro Academie. The newly restored ballroom in this performance and architectural landmark on the Avenue of the Arts (Broad/Locust Streets) will play the glamorous host, offering a bistro-style buffet menu created by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Dinner is served April 7 – May 1, Friday - Sunday from 5:30pm – 8pm. A sparkling Sunday brunch is also served 11:30am – 2:30pm.

Reservations are suggested, so call 215-546-7432 or 215-670-2388; visit as well for details and tickets.

Stay tuned as ventures forth in its coverage of PIFA through May 1.

This post is supported by Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Please like their facebook page and follow them on twitter!

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