Roundup: Basso, More


Flying fearlessly in the face of the pandemic, another new restaurant opens in Westport today.

Basso Restaurant & Wine Bar takes over the old Matsu Sushi on Jesup Road, behind the old Restoration Hardware (soon to be the new Barnes & Noble).

Chef Renato Donzelli has moved Basso from Norwalk to here. The 2-story space is larger, there is seating outdoors, and there’s a wood-fired pizza oven too.

According to CTbites, Donzelli was born in Venezuela and raised in Naples. His menu is Mediterranean flavored, with a Venezuelan influence. Click here for their full story.

(Photo collage courtesy of Stephanie Webster/CTbites.com)


And finally …  Gerry Marsden, the leader and namesake of Gerry and the Pacemakers, died yesterday in London, of a blood infection. He was 78.

The band was from Liverpool, was managed by Brian Epstein, and for a while was the Beatles’ biggest rivals in the city. They were part of what the US called “the British Invasion” of the mid-1960s. They had several big rock hits here, like “I Like It” and “How Do You Do It?”

They were known for ballads too, like “Ferry Cross the Mersey,” “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” and “I’ll Be There.”

But they’re best known — and will be for generations more — for an odd choice of a pop hit. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” — from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1945 “Carousel.”

It became the anthem of Liverpool’s soccer team, and was adopted by other clubs around the world. The Staples High School girls team plays it before every match. Watch the video below, and you’ll see why it may be best sports song of all time.

3 responses to “Roundup: Basso, More

  1. Amazing R&R knowledge you have, Dan. But no surprise about the hit from Richard Rodgers (a Westport summer resident, of course), “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” It has been recorded by everybody from Frank Sinatra soon after the Broadway show opened in 1945 to Elvis, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand. And these I didn’t know: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/27/arts/music/youll-never-walk-alone-carousel-coronavirus.html

  2. Basso is having phone issues, they are taking reservations through Open Table Hopefully fixed soon. They have lovely outdoor tables w heaters

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