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PARTY LINES : AMADEUS OPENING A CROWD-PLEASER - AND WHAT A CROWD!

Byline: Barbara De Witt

It's not often that the fire marshal closes down a party in L.A., but that's what happened Wednesday night when more than 1,000 guests showed up for the grand opening of Amadeus Restaurant and Mozart Bar in Beverly Hills.

Honest, there were so many people that invitation-carrying guests had to line up on the street waiting for someone to leave so they could get a peek at the chichi dining spot opened byStacy Mitchell Gantzos, formerly of Spago.

Gantzos, who wore an elegant gown inspired by Mozart's era, told me she loved his music and the movie ``Amadeus,'' so the name was a natural. To create a romantic but not-too-ruffly decor, Gantzos asked her friend Faye Resnick to do the interior design that includes marble pillars, elegant booths and sofas and oil paintings reflecting the lavish lifestyle of Mozart. Although Resnick is well-known for her role at the O.J. Simpson trial and her book on the life of her friend Nicole Brown Simpson, this was her first decorating job, and she was really nervous. As she showed me around the huge restaurant, she confided, ``I told Stacy that I was a frustrated decorator, and my only experience was doing my home, but I was thrilled she thought of me and worked about 13 hours a day for two months to get it finished.''

For most of the crowd, this was a first chance to taste the cuisine, which Gantzos called a little bit Californian, Asian and Italian, which explained the wide variety of appetizers - from red snapper on an artichoke leaf to crispy duck egg rolls and to-die-for pizza with that really thin crust the Italians are known for.

The guest list was diverse, and the celebs included a very elegantly dressed Tony Curtis (yeah, he's still got it, but he has no upcoming project) to attorney Gloria Allred and Playmate of the Year Victoria Silvstedt.

The dress code was black, whether it was cocktail dresses slashed to show plenty of cleavage and midriff, or leather, and there were lots of suave Italian men whom I later learned were Gantzos' relatives who had flown in to help her celebrate. Cocktail chatter was about the Sundance Film Festival, lottery ticket sales and how much the Playboy model looked like a super slim version of actress/model Anna Nicole Smith.

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Photo: (1) Schmoozing at the Amadeus opening night party are Judd Nelson of TV's ``Suddenly Susan'' and Playmate of the Year Victoria Silvstedt.

(2) Actress Joely Fisher hangs with mom Connie Stevens at the Amadeus gala.

(3) Jack Scalia and Amadeus Restaurant owner Stacy Mitchell Gantzos, wearing a period-inspired gown, smile for the camera at the opening of her romantic new dining establishment.

Martha Moody/Special to the Daily News

(4) Charity Tilton, left, attends the Women in Film Awards at Crustacean Restaurant in Beverly Hills with her mother, Charlene Tilton. With them are Elizabeth An and Cassandra Gava. The organization is devoted to the advancement of women in entertainment and global communications.

Paul Marsh/Special to the Daily News

(5) Recording artists Paul Simon, left, Stevie Wonder and Don Henley joined an all-star band at the ``Encore'' black-tie gala for the re-opening of Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Carol Burnett, John Lithgow and Paul Reiser also entertained.

(6) Lew and Edie Wasserman were honored as long-time friends and supporters of UCLA at the recent ``Encore'' party.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Apr 12, 1998
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