A Count in Detroit
Patrick Rugiero of Dearborn Heights and Jae Vitale Plawecki of Highland hosted a dinner party Monday at Antonio’s in Farmington Hills (owned by Patrick’s family) with a real live count as the guest of honor. Conte Sebastiano Capponi of Tuscany joined an intimate group for an Italian feast prepared personally by Antonio’s matriarch, Rita Rugiero.The food was paired with wine from the count’s own vineyard. We had to ask, does the count live in a palace? “Actually, yes, I do,” he said. His crib, the Villa Calcinaia, has been in the family for almost 500 years and sits on more than 450 acres with vineyards, olive trees and woodland. His fine wines and olive oils, labeled Villa Calcinaia, are available at all three Antonio’s restaurants and Roman Village Cucina.