By Rachel Jones | Photograph from Girasole

A little bit of Lucca, Italy, is coming to Girasole! Vince Gerasole recently attended a symposium in Lucca, the hometown of renowned opera composer Giacomo Puccini. Inspired by the life of Puccini — who is known for romantic masterpieces like La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly — and the cuisine of Lucca, Girasole will be hosting a special event on Sunday, February 25 at 12:30 p.m.

“We’ve traveled to Lucca to visit his birthplace, sit at the piano where he composed his classics, and drink in the atmosphere that gave rise to the themes and melodies that will forever be associated with the beauty of Italy,” says Patti Gerasole. “Along the way, we collected the classic Tuscan recipes that helped nourish Puccini’s soul and that we will gladly share with our guests.”

Indulge in a five-course meal, including wine, as Vince shares stories, videos, and photos from the experience. Singers from the Pittsburgh Opera will also be performing three of Puccini’s famous arias. Patti says the afternoon will be, “Our salute to one of Italy’s most prolific and influential composers, Giacomo Puccini, and the foods of his homeland.” For reservations, call Patti at 412.427.6952.

Girasole, 733 Copeland St., Shadyside. girasolepgh.com.

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