Cafe Il Nido

Wednesday Nov 27, 2002

by Catherine Barr

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SO how do you improve on perfection? Cafe il Nido owner Franco Felice, with the help of creative director Emmanuel St. Juste and interior designer Tamara Bush, may have done just that. His revamped, upscale Robson Street location was host to a party of well-wishers who came out to see the new surroundings. Sculptor Jean Guy Dallaire was there, as was Vancouver Opera's Mark Fenster whose deep and powerful voice entertained the crowd with a selection from Don Giovanni. Still, Franco ran the risk of being somewhat overshadowed by his best and most beautiful piece of art, partner Leah-Ann Ferrato, who is always an elegant accompaniment to any occasion. Viva Italia!

PICT0029 Artist Jean Guy Dallaire showed off his bronze sculpture "Madonna" at Cafe Il Nido.
PICT0030 Baritone Mark Fenster says chocolate covered strawberries, served to loved one Sharon Turpin, is one way he keeps his opera voice in tune.
PICT0032 Cafe Il Nido owner Franco Felice (left), partner Leah-Ann Ferrato, guests Robert Chalmers and Leeta Liepins.
PICT0034 Brave New World Travel's Stephanie Sansalone and her man, Coast Capital Savings director Daniel Burns, are one of this city's most fashionable couples.

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