The Epicurean and Opera: Italian Cuisine and Pagliacci

Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare. Join co-hosts Daniel Balsam and Chris Stacey for an evening of food, operatic highlights, and discussion. Support your favorite Italian restaurant and order take-out or delivery for the evening of the event. Make your own Italian dish from home or just join us regardless of what you are eating. Daniel and Chris are ordering food from the Riccardo Trattoria. All are invited to attend whether you make your own dishes (Italian or not), order food from your local favorite Italian restaurant, or get food from the Riccardo Trattoria.

After introductory remarks about the selected cuisine and opera, we watch roughly 20 minutes of clips from the opera and eat. Afterward, we talk about the restaurants we selected or the dishes we made, what we ate, the opera, and all other things cultural.

The Agenda for Italian Cuisine and Il Tabarro/Pagliacci

Introductory Remarks

Welcome and Toast: Daniel

Introductions of Participants

Brief comments on Chicago’s Italian Food Scene: Daniel and Chris

Introductory remarks on Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci: Chris and Daniel

If you live close to Riccardo Trattoria, here is the link to order:

White Wine Suggestion: La Mesma Indi Gavi 2018

Red Wine Suggestion: Caruso and Minini Perricone 2018

Watch and Eat

Clips from the The Met’s Version of Pagliacci. 

Director David McVicar’s production brings Pagliacci to new life, setting the opera in Sicily. Marcelo Álvarez takes on the rare feat of singing the leading tenor role. In Pagliacci, Álvarez is Canio, the leader of a traveling vaudeville troupe. Patricia Racette sings Nedda, his unfaithful young wife, whose plans to run away with her lover are foiled by her spurned admirer Tonio (George Gagnidze)—with equally tragic consequences. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

The Opera: Pagliacci (


Group discussion about the food we've eaten, the opera clips, your stories about Italian food and your favorite Italian restaurants and operas, and anything else.

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM CST

Cost: Free

Location: Zoom Video Conference

April 27, 2021 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Zoom Video Conference

Chicago, IL
United States

Chris Stacey

Will you come?