The dancing done in the Meatpacking District is normally more of the “on top of the tables” variety, but Monday night another form was being honored: ballet. Roberta Armani decided to throw a dinner at The InnLW12 for her friend, Italian dancer Roberto Bolle, who is appearing later this month in American Ballet Theatre’s “Romeo & Juliet” at the Metropolitan Opera. But in the end, Armani didn’t make the trip from Milan because she was ill. Co-host Stefano Tonchi picked up the slack and greeted guests including Barbara Wilhelm, Ingrid Sischy, Eugenia Silva and Fiona Scarry at the Canadian-inspired boîte. Bolle grinned ear-to-ear all evening as he marveled at the crowd. “It’s very cool,” he said, just before taking his seat next to Fabiola Beracasa.
Partygoers were treated to a lengthy meal of tomato and mozzarella salad and grilled dorade. But the real draw was the greasy poutine (french fries drenched in cheese curds and gravy) served midmeal and an indulgent chocolate sundae for dessert. More than one diner wondered, “Couldn’t we have skipped the fish?”