Living la dolce vita

[WHAT] Launch of Ciao Italian restaurant

From left: Chaiyos Eiamamornpan, Nitya Piboonsonggram, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok general manager Amanda Hyndman, Ambassador of Italy Michelangelo Pipan, Nijaporn Charanachitta, Dr Kantathi Supamongkhon and Burin Wongsanguan.

[WHERE] Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

[HOST] Amanda Hyndman, general manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

[THEME] Italian

[HIGHLIGHT] Attendance by the creme de la creme of Bangkok's high society comprising, amongst others, the Sarasin, Sophonpanich, Bhirom Bhakdi and Yoovidhya families, two former foreign ministers of Thailand, ambassadors, as well as loyal, high profile ''fans'' of the 25-year-old restaurant; line-up of one red and two black Maseratis, courtesy of Empire Sport Co Ltd, to thrill arriving guests; classic Italian tunes by the hotel's string quartet in the lobby; exquisite ice carving of a gondola in the tropical gardens fronting the restaurant; welcome by Luciano Pavarotti and Sophia Loren impersonators _ the latter in a bright red gown; delicious food from trays as well as hot food stations; free flow of Piedmont wines and sparkling prosecco and signature cocktails; welcome speech by the host followed by a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by Italian Ambassador Michelangelo Pipan; spectacular fireworks over the river; entertainment by Vie Trio band; black and red journals for guests to take home as mementos of the evening

From left: Chalerm Yoovidhya, Ployvarin Songpakorn, Pasinee Sarasin Limatibul, Daranee Yoovidhya, Gunnigar and Vinai Virojanavat, Awika Chaengchenkit and Pornwut Sarasin.

Ambassador of Portugal Dr Jorge Torres Pereira, Maria- Alexandrovna Torres Pereira and Dr Ubhasri Krishnamra.

Kim and Nalin Wachtveitl with Yuthachai and Piyawan Charanachitta.

Dr Pisith Leeatham, German Ambassador Rolf Peter Gottfried Schulze and PetronellaMCSchulze-Ganzeboom.

Nadia and ML Apimongkol Sonakul.