“The waitress takes your order, returns promptly with bread and wine, and then rings a small brass bell. Forks pause mid- air. Conversations stop. All eyes are on the young server. “I’m going to sing an aria from Puc- cini’s La Ronde,” she announces brightly. Uh-oh. Can she pull it off? She does. Brilliantly. Winning over even those who prefer Gorgonzola ravioli to opera. It’s no gimmick. When waiters at The Victor Cafe cluster around a table to sing “Happy Birthday,” you’re not at Chuck E. Cheese’s, you’re at La Scala.” – Stacia Friedman, ARRIVE 

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