Pavarotti and food

Have a great summer with Pavarotti!

I hope you all are having a great summer! Here are some tips on how to have a great summer with Pavarotti! Well … sort of! Enjoy your summer! Make the most of it! Let’s go!

Take a ride on your scooter …

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Pick up a friend or two along the way …

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Pose on the beach …

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Rest for a while …

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Take the boat out for a spin …

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Ride your favorite horse …

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Take another rest …

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Prepare some food …

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Eat some food …

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Relax … just relax …

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Ride through town …

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Do some garden work …

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Back to the hammock … again …

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Prepare for a late night dinner …

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Sing a summer song before the sun goes down …

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Arrivederci!

This post was first published 21-07-2015. Last revised 21-07-2015.

Meeting of giants: Pavarotti in confidence with Peter Ustinov

The great UK actor, writer and humourist Peter Ustinov made a wonderful television interview with Pavarotti at his summer seaside resort in Pesaro, Italy. The interview was probably made in the summer of 1993 or 1994 as it was first broadcast on BBC 1 television in 1994.

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The title of the interview was “Pavarotti in confidence with Peter Ustinov”, which also was the title of the VHS release of the interview (on Wienerworld in UK and on Kultur in US). No DVD release yet as far as I’m aware of.

This is truly a meeting of giants. Peter Ustinov interviews, or to be more precise, has friendly conversations with the great Pavarotti. In the pool, outside the pool, when making food together or when eating together. These guys really enjoy each others company, and they sure know how to have fun together! It’s so fun to watch!

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In between the conversations there are several excerpts from many great Pavarotti performances.

Enjoy the complete program in the video below! Let’s hope it will appear on DVD soon!

This post was originally published 03-01-2014. Last revision 03-01-2014.

Great Pavarotti quote on eating

Pavarotti was, and still is, often quoted. One of Pavarotti’s best and most quoted passages is the one about eating. No wonder, the man loved food! The particular quote that I have in mind is:

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.

The quote is from Pavarotti’s first autobiography “My Own Story” that was written by William Wright (1981, Doubleday).

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More quotes by Pavarotti sometime in the future. And more about Pavarotti and food as well. So many blog post to look forward to! 🙂

I end this post with a very funny scene from the only movie Pavarotti made, Yes, Giorgio, from 1982. In this scene Pavarotti is together with his co-star Kathryn Harrold in a very food-related scene!

More about Yes, Giorgio in another post. But not today. Let’s eat! 🙂

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This post was originally published 20-11-2013. Last revision 20-11-2013.

Pavarotti in Poland (part 2)

Some time ago I wrote about a Pavarotti concert in Poland. Pavarotti performed in Poland at least one time in his career.

As I wrote in my blog post, at one time Pavarotti performed in concert at The Palace of Culture and Science in the capital Warsaw. I wasn’t sure of the date, but I believed that this was sometime during the late 1980′s or early 1990′s.

With a little help of YouTube and online translation I can now show that this concert was held in 1995, on 4 October 1995 to be exact. It was held in The Congress Hall (Sala Kongresowa) of The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw.

And if you want to know: The Polish word for October is “października”.

Below is the YouTube video to prove it: A news clip from Polish tv which includes interviews and bit of Pavarotti singing at this concert.

Added bonus: Magazine commercial on Polish tv from 1997! And look: You could buy a magazine with a covermount Pavarotti CD! Run and buy!

And there’s more: Meet Wojtek, the Pavarotti from Poland! 🙂

And guess what! There’s a Pizzeria Pavarotti in Warsaw a well! 🙂

Well, that’s all that’s Pavarotti related in Warsaw for now!

 You all have a good Pavarotti related week, in particular all Polish Pavarotti fans in Poland and all over the world! 🙂

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Pavarotti in Berlin (6): My big Pavarotti flavoured Berlin trip!

This blogger, yours truly Odd Pavarotti, is off to Berlin very soon! Time to intensify my planning to make sure this Berlin trip will be as Pavarotti flavoured as possible! Here is a tentative plan that I’ll have to negotiate with my fellow travellers:

Day 1

Arrival: Quick currywurst just to get into the Berliner food culture. Big Luciano would have liked a big currywurst!

In the evening: Off to Staatsoper im Schiller Theater to see Verdi’s opera Don Carlo. This performance will feature the German bass René Pape as Philipp II and the Italian tenor Fabio Sartori as Don Carlo, the same role that Pavarotti sang at La Scala.

Fabio Sartori is indeed the new Italian tenor of today, or “The new Pavarotti” if you will! Look out for future blog posts on “the new Pavarottis”, like Fabio Sartori and all the other new Italian tenors!

I saw this production of Don Carlo at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater in May 2011, that time also with Pape and Sartori. It was wonderful! It was one of the best opera performances I’ve ever seen and heard! I will never forget it! I just have to see this production again! Highly recommended! 🙂

And so you know it: Schiller Theater is the temporary house for the Staatsoper while their beautiful house at Unter den Linden is being restaurated.

Where to eat dinner after such an experience? May I suggest Pizzeria Pavarotti in Albrechtstrasse 70, or will someone insists that we grab a bite to eat at Dicke Wirtin on Savignyplatz?

Day 2

After a long and lazy hotel breakfast Odd Pavarotti will be looking for second-hand Pavarotti LPs all over Berlin. During the day there will be time for a Pavarotti kebab.

In the evening: Off to Komische Oper to see the Handel’s opera Serse (Xerxes) in a production staged by the Norwegian Stefan Herheim. Not a great Pavarotti connection here, but Pavarotti did sing one Handel aria in his life.

But it’s opera! In Italian! Odd Pavarotti is so looking forward to hear the opening aria Ombra mai fu! I’m very excited because some of my fellow travellers saw this production in May this year and they really loved it.

Where to eat dinner after this Handel experience? May I suggest Ristorante Pavarotti in Mehrower Allee 52, or will someone insists on something other than Italian tonight? Asian, maybe?

Day 3

After another long and lazy hotel breakfast Odd Pavarotti will be heading to the western parts of Berlin to take pictures of a certain church. This church was the recording venue for one of Pavarotti’s greatest opera recordings. I’m not telling you which church and which opera, because I want you to wait desperately for the blog post! 🙂

Afterwards Odd Pavarotti will have lunch in a random Italian restaurant before he will be looking for first hand Pavarotti CDs and DVDs all over Berlin! Maybe there also will be some time to visit Waldbühne which is situated close to Berlin’s Olympic Stadium?

Where to eat dinner on what will be this trip’s last evening in Berlin? Why not just visit Pavarotti Pizzeria in Dietzgenstrasse 63, just to put a certain stamp on the day?

Odd Pavarotti don’t know any more pizzerias or restaurants in Berlin with the name Pavarotti, so an alternative might be to visit Ristorante La Favorita in Habelschwerdter Allee 23, or any other Italian restaurant that’s can be related to one of Pavarotti’s operas!

Day 4

Departure late in the day so it’s still time to do many Pavarotti related things in Berlin! Maybe Odd Pavarotti will revisit Deutsche Oper, just for the Pavarotti feel of it.

Odd Pavarotti might also be so lucky to find even one more pizzeria or restaurant which can be related to Pavarotti. At least there must be a pizza with the name Pizza Pavarotti somewhere!

There must be much more to discover related to Pavarotti in Berlin! Surely, Odd Pavarotti will have a great time in Berlin! Don’t you agree? Getting ready to visit Berlin, anyone? 🙂

Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti (12): Genova Zeffirino restaurant

The Giro d’Italia headed somewhere into the beautiful italian landscape today as well, but Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti decided to stay in the Liguria region and the great city of Genoa (or as the italians say; Genova) for one more day.

According to Odd Pavarotti’s guide-book, Pavarotti visited the great restaurant “Zeffirino” in Genova when ever he was in town. Zeffirino is situated on Via 20 Settembre, 20, which is in the centre of Genova.

Odd Pavarotti did visit Genova last year, but his budget implied that he only took some pictures of the restaurant, and not eat in it. You see, Zeffirino is kinda posh five-star italian restaurant!

So here they are: Odd Pavarotti’s pictures of the great Zeffirino ristorante (that’s restaurant in italian) in March, 2011. Afterwards Odd Pavarotti looked at some italian ham and cheese.

More from Bella Italia in tomorrow’s post! Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti will return after tasting some italian ham, cheese, and more!

Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti (8): Pesaro food stop

The Giro d’Italia moved on today as well, and Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti wanted desperately to try to catch up with the pedaling cyclists of the Giro somewhere in Bella Italy. Suddenly Big Luciano remembered that he had some good old friends just outside Pesaro and he dragged Odd Pavarotti to their house.

We were met by the great italian hospitality we all love so much. Big Luciano’s friends owned a little italian restaurant and they invited us into their kitchen. We made italian food, of course! Big Luciano is a master when it comes to pasta!

We had a great dinner together with Big Luciano’s many friends. Luckily Odd Pavarotti took som pictures! And by some sort of strange twist of irony the restaurant had a familiar name. Can you guess what the name was?

After these gastronomical extravaganzas we all fell asleep in the hammocks in the shadow outside this cosy restaurant. After several hours we woke up and decided that cycling cyclist just should do what they do best and leave us alone.

Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti decided that tomorrow is a good day as any to move on. It turned out that these nice friends of Big Luciano also owned a little albergo (that’s italian for hotel, folks) nearby, and we decided to stay there for the night.

Well, tomorrow we’ll really try to catch up with the cyclist somewhere along the way in the beautiful italian landscape!

See you all on the roads of Italy tomorrow! I hope! Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti will be there! If they don’t meet any of Big Luciano’s old friends!