Shari and her husband Tom are the proud owners of Zia's, a gelato, espresso, dessert and pastry restaurant in Placerville, CA. Aside from making great gelato in such interesting flavors as Pineapple-Passion-fruit and Cucumber-Mint, Shari finds the time to hear and book local musical talent for special evenings at the cafe.
"We've had everything from a traditional Irish group celebrating St. Patrick's Day to classical guitarists, folk singers and of course, all sorts and sizes of jazz combos!" she says enthusiastically.
Shari is an interesting and multi-faceted lady. The grand-daughter of Italian immigrants, she lived for four years in northern Italy and speaks the language fluently. Her passion for music is equally rivaled by a thirst for knowledge and the simple pleasures that most Italians pursue... "la bella vita" or "the beautiful life". These interests include gelato, espresso, fine wines, wonderful food, and of course, great music!
We miss her here at DSM but wish her great success with Zia's. Be sure to visit Zia's Facebook page and if you're a MusickEd-er in her area, stop by for a fantastic latte or unique gelato. Be sure to tell Shari we said ciao!