Wed., Jan. 27
This evening is the media preview cocktail reception for the new Little Italy restaurant/lounge Milan. I arrive on the early side and immediately see fellow media peeps Dara Bunjon, Randi Rom, Diane Macklin, Anne Boone Simanski, Eddie Applefeld and Reagan Warfield, who’ve claimed a nice corner niche near a glowing firepit in the lounge area. Some of us wander around through the large property that’s undergone an extensive renovation (it used to be Luigi Petti). There’s a large dining room upstairs, along with some private rooms, and a sizeable indoor/outdoor terrace lounge off the first level. It’s all tricked out in shades of white, South Beach cool. I meet general manager Peter Mooradian, who gives me some background on the project. There’s a large invitation-only crowd here tonight, and I encounter Da Mimmo’s Mary Anne Cricchio, Jess Blumberg from Baltimore magazine, Marc Kantrowitz, Christian Johannsson and Marty & Sharon Bass. A few of us take up residence out on the (heated) terrace in a comfy lounge area and sip some sparkling wine. I catch up with Faith Deutschle and Jason Albert while taking it all in, and pause to hear more about the project from Amy Elias and Amy Burke, both of Profiles. After that, it’s a quick stop at Pazo to say hello to some friends, then headed home for the evening.