Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans are renowned for their notorious Carnivale festivities, but it was the Venetians who introduced this annual ritual to the world. They’ve been celebrating Carnevale for over a thousand years which makes them the irrefutable experts when it comes to throwing a party.
Carnevale runs for about two weeks and ends on Ash Wednesday, the official start of Lent, a time all good Catholics abstain from merriment and repent for their transgressions. Leave it to the Venetians to create an atmosphere where indiscretions are encouraged.
Il Fornaio, located in Manhattan Beach, brings the Venetian custom to the South Bay during their annual Carnivale celebration on Tuesday, March 8. Indulge your appetites from the extensive menu or make a reservation for the special wine tasting with appetizers at a fixed price. There will be live music and in the Venetian tradition, costumed performers.
Costumes are encouraged though not required. However, masks are essential. How else to conceal your true self while engaged in dubious activities? Rest assured, behind a mask you can get away with almost anything. Should you arrive mask-less but discover a need for some last minute camouflage, face painting will be available.
Carnevale is a time for revelry, extravagance and indulgence – it’s time to take advantage and learn from the masters. After all, the Venetians know a thing or two about repentance.
This is a popular event and reservations are recommended. Il Fornaio is located at 1800 Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach. For information or reservations, call 310-725-9555 or visit the website