‘To Rome with Love’ Lands in New York at The Paris Theater; After-Party at Casa Lever

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Penelope Cruz, Woody Allen, Greta Gerwig==The Cinema Society with The Hollywood Reporter & Piaget host a screening of "To Rome With Love"==Paris Theater, NYC==June 20, 2012==© PatrickMcMullan==Photo - Nicholas Hunt / ==
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Last night The Cinema Society, along with The Hollywood Reporter and Piaget, hosted a screening of Woody Allen’s newest flick, To Rome with Love. The A-list came out in full force for the screening held at Manhattan’s Paris Theater—including the film’s writer/director and star Woody Allen; stars Alec Baldwin, Penélope Cruz, Greta Gerwig, Allessandra Mastronardi who donned a Piaget timepiece, Italian import Fabio Armiliato and Carol Alt; producers Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Helen Robin.

Cinema Society founder, Andrew Saffir welcomed the movie’s stars in front of a boisterous audience that was littered with VIPs including: Jon Hamm & Jennifer Westfeldt, Chris Rock—who could be heard cheering and laughing throughout, Woody Harrelson, Mariska Hargitay, Regis & Joy Philbin, Ralph & Ricky Lauren, Cynthia Rowley, Kate Flannery, Hilaria Thomas, Rachel Dratch, Soon-yi Previn, Nicole Miller, James Mischka & Mark Badgley, Scott Adsit, Julianna Marguiles & Keith Lieberthal, Dylan McDermott, Calvin Klein and many more.

After the movie—which seemed to delight all in attendance, in that way that only Woody Allen can—all mentioned above, along with yours truly, moved over to Italian favorite and celebrity haunt Casa Lever for an after-party. Though the venue boasts a fantastic outdoor section, at the risk of melting in the NYC heat wave, most ventured indoors. Chris Rock parked himself in a banquette booth that quickly filled around him–hey, live comedy show. Alec Baldwin worked the room, with one arm around fiancé (suspiciously soon-to-be-wife) Hilaria Thomas, who STUNNED in Dolce & Gabbana. “They really know how to design for a woman,” she told me. That they do. The funny kids–The Office’s Kate Flannery, 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit and SNL’s Rachel Dratch kept each other in a protracted laughing fit, while gathered around a high top table for the whole night.

In continuing our Roman evening, partygoers enjoyed Italian fare—including ravioli and veal meatballs, and believe me, the film will have you itching for some marinara sauce. And an Italian vacation. Hor d’oeuvres were accompanied by Disaronno based cocktails thematically named Trastevere Sour, Operetta Disaronno and Paparazzo and the passed desserts were miniature cupcakes with “I (heart) Woody” printed atop the frosting. Well, I certainly do.



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