La Gitana

I picked up the phone to call my friend on Saturday and she answered not with “hello”, not with “how have you been”, but “hey, do you want to go to a Burlesque show tonight?” I have to say, that level of comfort in a friendship is great.

We needed our sustenance before the show so I suggested this little pizza place I’ve been meaning to go to for a while. It was hopping and for good reason. The pizza is mouth watering. They accompany it with a wine list that is simple but well rounded with selections from Italy, France, Argentina, and even local wines. They are decently priced, easy drinking libations.

We tried their Capricciosa with tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, ham, artichokes and olives with the pits. The crispy thin crust was light but still stout enough to keep the toppings from sliding off onto your plate.

The atmosphere is sharp and thoroughly European. The owners are attentive, involved and cute. Francesco assured us that our pizza would be on the quick so we wouldn’t miss our show and he was not kidding. Even though the restaurant was full, we were digging in about 10 minutes later.

Francesco Chiechi and Carlos Morist

518 Capital Way S Map.a7ec2f8
Olympia, WA 98502

Hours: SUNDAY 12:00 TO 8:30, MONDAY TO THURSDAY 11:30 TO 9:00, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 11:30 TO 9:30, SUNDAY 11:30 TO 9:00

We made it to our show with time to spare. If you have never seen Burlesque be brave and give it a go. This is not a trashy strip joint show. It’s funny, rambunctious and only very slightly edgy performance art. A former (adult) student of mine performed as well as a fabulous young man from the International Ballet Theater in Kirkland. His tutu striptease was a great salute, shall we say, to the Ballet Trockadero. In addition to nakedness, they had a band from Portland called A.U.T.R.Y! who performed a fantastic indie punk version of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues.

Picking up the phone Saturday morning was a good choice.

Karma and I after the show. Yes she does have eyebrows - stage make up.

Boy Burlesque


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