Friday, July 18, 2014


Every Italian man's favourite diva, Sophia Loren, will be 80 on 20th September and she has decided to celebrate early!

Tomorrow, as part of the Napa Valley Festival del Sole, Michael Chiarello and Modican chef Piero Selvaggio, owner of the Valentino restaurant in Santa Monica, will cook for Sophia and 400 guests at the Far Niente vineyard. Robert Redford will be Master of Ceremonies. Sophia's son Carlo Ponti Jr. will conduct the LA Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra in their debut concert and they will play the themes from some of Sophia's films.

The tomatoes, olives and capers used in the dishes will be from Sicily and the olive oil from Ragusa. Modica plays its part too, for there will be a croccantino of Bonajuto chocolate for dessert.

Congratulations, Sophia and, as you've always said you owe everything to spaghetti and we know, thank goodness, that you are not one of those skinny stars who are afraid to enjoy their food, buon appetito!

Sophia Loren receiving an honorary Oscar in 1991


Trubes said...

What a wonderful woman and still gorgeous. Happy Birthday Sophia xx

Di. love to you Pat and dear Simi tooxxxx

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, she's an inspiration,Di. Love from us to you and Chloe. xx woof!

Betty said...

I believe her first son was born in December of 1968. We hadn't been in Sicily very long, but I saw the newspaper and knew that she must have had her baby. An Italian that knew English told me what it said. Hard to believe she's 80 already.

Lee said...

Loren was and still is all woman...a beautiful woman.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Betty. I also remember that she had several miscarriages before Carlo was born. Yes, hard to believe she is 80! Totally agree, Lee.

Unknown said...

Lovely post in honour of a fabulous woman. We should all take inspiration and enjoy spaghetti without feeling guilty :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, Anneka. I think I'll go and have some spaghetti in Sophia's honour right now!

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Auguri, Sophia!

She's a great lady to be sure.

But (whispers...) Claudia still does it for me. You know who I mean!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Indeed I do, WY.


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