[image-1]Scenesters filed to Le Farfalle last night to imbibe briefly before catching Argentine-born Sofia Rei’s final concert at the Simons Center. And while it may be winter in Buenos Aires, the restaurant’s sun-drenched patio cried “Summer!” extending to both our crowd and passersby the chance to relax and decompress. One of the perks of SCENE membership is discounted tickets to select shows, so for $36 a pop, Tuesday’s party and performance package was an easy win.
[image-3]If you haven’t been to Le Farfalle yet or recently, well, shame on you. Chef Michael Toscana provided two signature small plates, which the crowd devoured in entirety almost instantly. Understand that food is always generously provided at these affairs, and while it all disappears eventually, rarely have I witnessed such swift demolition as last night.
Provisions included the ceci in umido. Think an Italian take on bright, citrus-infused hummus from the Umbrian region, and whipped ricotta laced sinfully with honey and really good olive oil (you know, the kind Ina Garten always implores you to use), served alongside toasted baguette.
[image-2]Drink specials seemed especially crafted to combat the heat: Aperol Spritzers and Mint Rickeys topped the cocktail list, while local faves like Freehouse Farmhouse Ale and Westbrook White Thai flowed from the taps. Revelers departed amply quenched and fortified for the parade down St. Philip Street to the concert venue, shortly before 7 p.m.
Feedback from the previous week’s dress rehearsal of Eugene Onegin varied. Many expressed excitement that unlike last year’s headliner Porgy & Bess, viewers could actually follow the plotline thanks to subtitles that supplemented the singing which was, of course, in Russian. One attendee admitted that between the wine drunk at Scarecrow’s happy hour, the dim lighting, comfortable seats (and they ought to be more comfortable after the Gaillard’s recent $142 million renovation) and a hard day’s work, she succumbed to sleep sometime during the second act. No judgement, sister.
Here’s the good news for you, dear reader: You, too can live like a scenester. Le Farfalle is offering later hours to accommodate post-performance crowds, and with their generously sized patio, airy bar, and reasonably priced menu, I dare say it’s one of the better spots in town to relax with friends or to impress a hot date while you rehash the highs and lows of your latest Spoleto jaunt.