Sounds like “Opa!” right? But it’s the name of a restaurant. Check out this gem in the Campo di Gheto Novo. I haven’t eaten a meal there, only had drinks and snacks, but I wanted to share it today for the artwork. You’ll have to let me know how the food is.IMG_9801IMG_9800

Tony Green painted these panels that frame the door to the restaurant. He’s an American artist and musician, well-known in New Orleans for his many murals and poster art. In Venice, he shows his work around local venues, and he’s often to be heard playing with his band in a number of restaurants, such as Remer and Da Mario. Watch for signs that Gypsy Jazz is playing and you’ll be in for a treat. Tony actually lives in the Ghetto, so he gets to stroll by his own artwork daily.



Tony at one of his shows a few years ago.

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4 Responses to Upupa!

  1. John Peter Maher says:

    Upupa epops is the hoopoe bird.

  2. John Peter Maher says:

    The hoopoe is a song bird, with magnificent colors. In 2008 the late Shimon Peres announced it was elected Israel’s national bird in a competition where it beat out the blackbird. Not any black bird, but a kind of thrush that isn’t found in America. Turdus merula (Spanish mirla. French merle), the North American “robin” (Turdus migratorius). Italians often keep a blackbird, canary-wise, in a cage by the house door. A good singer fischia com’ un merlo / whistles like a blackbird. In the Balkans and Near East it’s called bulbul and is featured in love songs.

  3. Nancy Schwalen says:

    Very Art-Deco looking paintings. (And in German “opa” means “grandpa.)

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