From the East Coast to the West, celebrate performing arts with the consummate evening in a trio of cities.
Don’t expect Chicago-style deep-dish at Nella Pizzeria Napoletana (www.pizzerianella.com), helmed by Windy City native Scott Harris (of the Francesca’s chain fame). Do look forward to airy Neapolitan crusts buckling under the weight of classic ingredients like sweet salami, fresh arugula, and San Marzano tomato sauces.
In early winter, the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company (whose founding members include John Malkovich and Gary Sinise; www.steppenwolf.org) will stage Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Tony-nominated Amy Morton and Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright Tracy Letts, who’s also an accomplished actor, will star as one of the production’s dysfunctional couples, December 2 to February 6.
Earlier this year the James Beard Foundation Award–winning chef Scott Carsberg closed his celebrated restaurant Lampreia after nearly two decades and opened Bisato (www.bisato.com), a Venetian-style cicchetti bar where nothing on the menu costs more than $12. Fresh, minimalist dishes include asparagus risotto, smoked artichoke with robiolina cheese, and chilled pea and mint soup.
The grand 5th Avenue Theater (www.5thavenue.org) is where the hip-hop-, soul-, and salsa-filled In the Heights, the Tony Award winner for best musical in 2008, will make its first stop on a national tour, September 28 to October 17.
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Sheltered by a sensuous green roof that invites lawn sprawlers of all stripes, Lincoln Center’s brand-new restaurant Lincoln is where Jonathan Benno, former chef de cuisine of Per Se, is currently wielding his knives.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Opera’s (www.metoperafamily.org) latest Ring cycle threatens to be groundbreaking – literally! To support the heavy, heaving set the stage had to be reinforced with steel. Das Rheingold runs from September 27 to April 2.