It wasn’t a typical day on June 13 at Sbarro, the fast-casual Italian eatery inside the food court at the Westfield Plaza Bonita mall.
The food court was transformed into a scene reminiscent of an authentic Italian bistro found on the streets of Italy as the seating area was dressed with black linen tablecloths with soft glowing candlelight along with red, white and green balloons.
A professional violinist walked around serenading guests with classic Italian music, while they enjoyed an exclusive, sneak-peek tasting of the brand’s new open-flame, oven-baked pizza and fresh made-to-order, sautéed pasta.
The eatery raffled off a red Vespa scooter valued at $3,400 and other prizes such as one free pizza slice or pasta every week for two months.
Sbarro’s Plaza Bonita shop was selected as one of the first locations worldwide to unveil all-new recipes from the company’s new open-flame ovens and made-to-order pasta stations.
Local dignitaries, company executives, community members and other guests lined up to experience the new look, feel and taste of Sbarro.
To conclude the event, Sbarro donated the entire day’s proceeds, which amounted to $2,500, to Feeding America San Diego to aid the fight against hunger.
San Diego’s 100.7 JACK-FM has announced that Jack’s Big Show will be coming to Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre on Sept. 14.
Joe Walsh, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Toto, M.C. Hammer and the Gin Blossoms have all agreed to perform, according to the radio station.
Tickets can be purchased through www.livenation.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices will range from $19 to $85 (service charges may apply).
Artists Paul Van Dyk, Arty and Audrey Napoleon will perform at the Identity Festival Aug. 18 at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre.
The SoCal Music Festival will transform five blocks in San Diego’s East Village into an experiment in the all-inclusive Southern California lifestyle from 2 p.m. to midnight on Sept. 1.
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The Sweetwater Summer Theatre Institute will present this venerable production Aug. 2-4 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. at the Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Eastlake High School (1120 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista). This musical is performed entirely by Sweetwater district students under the direction of Cynthia Stokes, Rhys Green, Tony Atienza, Russ Sperling and Karen Infascelli. Call 796-7700.