Seeing green, white and red in Fourways

2009-11-20 12:13

BEEN to Italy yet? Well, neither have I. That’s one of the reasons I had to go visit The Kitchen Bar at the Design Quarter in Fourways last week.

Café Peroni literally took over the Kitchen Bar and turned the restaurant into a street in Rome, evoking the Italian flair and sidewalk café culture and making patrons feel like they were right in the heart of Italy.

There I was all dressed up in my pseudo-Armani little black dress ready to wine, dine and party Italian style.

The organisers pulled out all the stops to make the night truly memorable. It also helped that there were a couple of Italian-looking hotties around. You really couldn’t miss them as they were mostly tall, had dark curly hair and Mediterranean skin tones and good looks. Plus they were wearing tailor-made suits.

The idea behind the La Cucina di Peroni (The Peroni Kitchen) experience is for people to enjoy the best of Italian lifestyle. Apparently, it is going to take place every weekend until the weekend of December 16.

At the launch, we were given a taste of what would be taking place every weekend. For instance, this weekend is dedicated to Italian cinema. So films featuring leading Italian actors like the classic La Dolce Vita will be playing in the background.

Local DJ Kid Fonque helped set the mood on launch night with a laid-back swing-style set that went well with the atmosphere.

There was entertainment in the form of dancing couples, mime artists, a violinist and an accordionist.

Bling brands that Italians are famous for were also on display like Maseratis, Ducatis and fancy-looking Vespas.

An opera singer performed an aria from the famous La Traviata (a classic piece by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi which literally means The Woman Who Strayed). The performance will be part of the entertainment for the “icons of Italian style” theme on December 4 to 6.

If I had to take a test about everything Italian, I swear I would pass that baby with flying green, white and red colours!
After watching the striking montage depicting quintessential Italian design, architecture, cars and football stars, there is no way I would still be clueless.

I must confess though that I ­already knew who Fabio Cannavarro (captain of the Italian national team) was.
The food was a bit of a letdown, though.

Besides different kinds of pizzas, pasta dishes with a variety of sauces, chicken kebabs and beef strips accompanied by Italian bread sticks, there was really nothing else.

At least the wine was rich and expensive!

Excuse me while I go book my ticket to Azzuri. Ciao!

Kitchen Bar is at Design Quarter, Fourways. Call 011 465 5011/2616/5346 for reservations  

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