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The Big Formaggio

Jackie Mars, Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli at Saturday's Cafe Milano dinner. (Kevah Sardari)

Hard to say what was a bigger hit at the Washington National Opera on Saturday night: Andrea Bocelli or the cheese. The Italian pop sensation made history when he sang with Plácido Domingo for the first time ever; opera purists have not warmed to Bocelli, but a surprise encore after Rossini's "Petit Messe Solennelle" got high marks from the VIPs (Justices Antonin Scalia and Sam Alito, incoming HHS sec Tom Daschle, Sen. Patrick Leahy, heiress Jackie Mars) attending a post-performance dinner at Cafe Milano. "The duet was socko," said Scalia. Also socko: the fresh burrata cheese (flown in for the dinner from Italy's Puglia region), which went home in several doggie bags -- even VIPs like a midnight snack.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 24, 2008; 1:01 AM ET
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