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Celebrate Carnevale in the Venetian tradition at Il Fornaio in Manhattan Beach

Celebrate Carnevale in the Venetian tradition.
Courtesy of Il Fornaio

Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans are renowned for their notorious Carnivale festivities but it was the Venetians who introduced this annual ritual to the world. They’ve been celebrating Carnevale for over a thousand years which makes them the irrefutable experts when it comes to revelry.

Il Fornaio, located in Manhattan Beach, brings the Venetian custom to the South Bay during their annual Carnivale Celebration on Tuesday, March 4.

Carnevale runs for about two weeks and ends on Ash Wednesday, the official start of Lent, a time all good Catholics abstain from merriment and repent for their transgressions.

Leave it to the Venetians to create an atmosphere where indiscretions are encouraged.

Indulge your appetites from the special Carnevale dinner menu or the extended Carnevale Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Entertainment includes live music and in the Venetian tradition, costumed performers.

Costumes are encouraged though not required. However, masks are essential. How else to conceal your true self while engaged in dubious activities? Rest assured, behind a mask you can get away with almost anything.

Carnevale is a time for revelry, extravagance and indulgence – take this opportunity to learn from the masters.

The Venetians know a thing or two about repentance.

This is a popular event and reservations are recommended.

For additional information and to make reservations, call 310-725-9555 or visit the website at

Il Fornaio is located at 1800 Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

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