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3411 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(next to Arborland Mall)

(734) 971-0484

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"Carnevale 2015"

The Italian Mardi Gras

Carnevale (Mardi Gras in the US) is an ancient Italian festival which traces its roots back to the Roman Saturnalia, a festival to honor the god Saturn with feasting, gift giving and role reversal. Paesano Restaurant & Wine Bar will celebrate their version of Carnevale on Fat Tuesday, February 17, at 6:30PM. The event includes a 5-course Italian feast from Chef David with matching Italian wines courtesy of special guest Italian wine importer Claudio Salvador and Italian vintner, Massimo Piccin of Podere Sapaio. Tickets are $95.00 per person (+tax & gratuity) and space is limited to the first 90 guests to purchase. Reservations are required.

Massimo Piccin and his vineyard Podere Sapaio are making some of the most incredible Tuscan wines in Italy’s hot wine growing area...the Maremma region of the Tuscan coastline. Once thought to be too wet, now this rising hill known as Bolgeri, is much talked about, sought after and is home for this man’s vineyard. “The focus is on artisinality,” said Massimo. “This is my idea of a contemporary wine. It is drinkable when released, but has a long life.” His 2011 Volpolo Bolgheri made Wine Spectator’s TOP 100 WINES list (#22) in 2014.

Catholics found a way to work the Carnevale festival into their own liturgical year. One commonly accepted derivation of the word "carnival" is the Latin "carne vale" or "farewell to meat." Carnevale was the final hurrah as winter headed towards spring, and the long Lenten season of fasting and abstinence, which begins the next day on Ash Wednesday.

While Carnevale has a rich history and ancient roots in Italy, the festival remains a vital and contemporary celebration. One of the common elements found throughout the tradition has remained the Carnevale masks and contemporary costumes. Guests traditionally come to the Paesano event in full costume, well prepared for an evening of dining, fine wines and dancing.

The restaurant will close its dining room for the event to accommodate the large crowd. Call 734.971.0484 or email for more information.