L’Opera anniversary celebrates a renaissance of fine food in Downtown Long Beach
2010-04-06 · By Editor
On Monday, April 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., L’Opera Ristorante—one of Downtown Long Beach’s most esteemed dining establishments—will host a reception in honor of its 20 year anniversary, inviting customers and community members to celebrate at the historic Pine Avenue location the restaurant calls it’s home.
The red carpet celebration will bring together current and past L’Opera employees, city officials, residents, community members and long-time customers for an evening of delicious food and special surprises. A large screen display will feature a photographic history of the restaurant and its patrons and an Enoteca Lounge will be set up to welcome and host guests.
As a show of appreciation for 20 years of patronage, the restaurant will provide complimentary gift bags and will host valet service for guests.
Personal Photos Sought for L’Opera Slide Show
L’Opera staff announced today an opportunity for community members to submit personal photos of their experiences over the years at the renowned restaurant. Photos will be included in a slide show to be presented at the anniversary event and five finalists for Best Photo will be invited to attend as special guests of the restaurant. One finalist will be chosen as winner and will receive a $200 gift card.
Photos can be submitted via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to: L’Opera, Attn: 20th Anniversary Celebration, 101 Pine Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802. Deadline for submission is April 15 at 5 p.m.
L’Opera Ristorante: Starting a Renaissance
L’Opera opened its doors on April 19, 1990 in the iconic building located at the corner of 1st Street and Pine Avenue that houses Downtown’s widely recognizable clock tower. The building itself first opened in 1906 as the Bank of America. The restaurant’s founders, Terry Antonelli and Enzo DeMuro, opened L’Opera with a vision for fine Italian dining ‘…where marble columns never intimidate and smiles always charm.’
The opening of L’Opera is recognized by many as the beginning of the renaissance of Downtown Long Beach, sparking the development of what would become known as Pine Avenue’s ‘restaurant row.’
The restaurant’s elegant atmosphere is complimented by, according to the Zagat Survey, ‘Bend over backwards service.’ A custom mural, completed in 1990 by renowned artist, Aldo Luongo, welcomes guests in the main dining room and is valued at more than $350,000.
Recognized for exceptional Italian cuisine, L’Opera is also known for its signature dessert—Sacchetto Di Cioccolata. This one-of-a-kind chocolate box filled with delicious zabaglione and fresh fruit. Over the past 20 years, Chef Dora has molded more than 100,000 of these special desserts.
L’Opera has received many awards and honors over the years, including some of the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association’s highest honors: Pastry Chef of the Year (1997), Chef of the Year (2004-2005), Restaurateur of the Year (2001-2002), Sommelier of the Year (2004-2005) and Manager of the Year (2007). The restaurants has also been recognized with the 2009 Wine Spectator Best Award for Excellence, the 2009 Open Table Diner’s Choice Award and has been called one of the top Italian restaurants in the US.A. by Zagat.
L’Opera’s 20-Year Anniversary Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 19 and is open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (562) 491-0066 or by visiting www.lopera.com.
L’Opera Ristorante is located at 101 Pine Avenue, Long Beach. Complimentary valet service will be provided from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the intersection of Pine Avenue and 1st Street.