Cazuelitas de chilorio—plantain cups with black bean puree and adobo pulled pork—were served at Pampano's anniversary party.
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Opera Star and Restaurateur Celebrate a Decade

Meryle Evans - March 27th, 2014

There was no Happy Birthday sing-along, but legendary tenor Placido Domingo did duck over from the Metropolitan Opera last week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his mid-Manhattan restaurant, Pampano, with his business partner Richard Sandoval, son José, and a large contingent of admirers.

The 73 year old Spanish opera star, who has just completed his 700th performance at the Met, munched on Pampano specialties prepared by chef Lucero Martinez, including crunchy cazuelitas de chilorio, plantain cups filled with black bean puree, adobo pulled pork, and guacamole.

Pampano, one of over 30 establishments owned by Sandoval across the country and abroad, is serving a menu of the restaurant's favorite coastal Mexican dishes of the past decade, like grilled octopus with cactus, tomato, queso fresco, black olive caramel and lemon vinaigrette; and flash-seared scallops with grilled watermelon, tomatillo/avocado salad, and achiote/habañero salsa.

With Sandoval traveling to visit his various restaurants and Domingo off to Spain to perform, both men seem to be following the singer's mantra "If I rest, I rust."

Read more about Richard Sandoval in MaxiMex.