Canaletto Celebrates Carnevale Venice-Style

Categories: Food Festivals
Festivities for one and all are scheduled at Fashion Island's Canaletto Ristorante Veneto as they embrace Carnevale (their version of Mardi Gras/Carnival/the decadence celebrated throughout the Catholic world before the coming penance of Lent) through March 8. A perfect excuse to celebrate between major holidays, attendees can indulge in special happy hours, a cooking class, mask decorating, and a grand finale dinner. Cirque du Soleil costumes not required.

Details after the jump!

Now through March 8, celebrants will be treated to nightly live entertainment. In addition, traditional Carnevale beverages and sweets are featured on the happy hour menu. See what executive chef Maurizio Mazzon has dreamed up for this joyous occasion between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.    

Saturday, March 5, chef-partner Alonso Sanna is teaching a seasonal class named "All About Artichokes." For $29, participants will be treated to a "hands-on" approach to cooking not only artichokes but other select vegetables. Interested parties are encouraged to RSVP by phone or in person. Cooking begins promptly at noon.

Sunday, March 6, children are invited to decorate traditional Venetian masks to their liking with the chance to win prizes. Masks, pizza and soft drinks will be provided, free of charge. A great weekend activity. Get there when the fun begins at 1 p.m.

Ultimo Giorno de Carnevale, the final celebratory dinner showcasing a regional menu of food and wine from Tretino, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8. Costumed performers will be meandering throughout Canaletto's dining areas for your enjoyment. Contact the restaurant for menu details or to make a reservation.

With all these options, I predict the secondary structure at Fashion Island might be your designated parking area for the near future.

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Canaletto Veneto Ristorante

545 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

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Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

I like the menu, but the blurb on their site about Trentino-Alto Adige is really biased. The autonomous region is hardly a failed experiment; in fact it's successful enough at balancing the ethnic needs that the northern few comunes of the Veneto (Cortina d'Ampezzo, Auronzo di Cadore, etc.) want to leave the province of Belluno and be joined to the province of Bolzano/Bozen. They simply don't speak Italian in Alto Adige/Südtirol. You go over into the Pustertal and suddenly everything is in German, they serve sausage and speck and apple strudel and rye bread. (And Ladin is not totally incomprehensible... it's actually quite closely related to Italian.)

I like the food offerings on the menu. (I don't, however, think I'm going to be in the mood for risotto, radicchio or polenta anytime soon.)

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