Meet An Italian Star at the Mirage VIP Pool

You never know who you will meet in Vegas. Once, I spent an evening dancing in the private booth of Rob Dyrdek’s, the star of Fantasy Factory. The next visit Adam Sandler and Kevin James were shopping in Rolex. And now an Italian star.

On my last day in Las Vegas my girlfriend and I had six hours to kill before our flight and couldn’t think of a better way than lounging by the pool and drinking $20 Mojitos. At that price, I  would probably be dropping the ‘s’ on Mojitos.

Though the Mirage sports an amazing guest pool with a waterfall, we were looking for something more private and peaceful. We checked out Bare Pool, you can go topless there. Nope. Not going to happen. When I will be sunbathing topless it will be in a country where that is the norm, not in Sin City. The VIP pool was the only other option. It featured shaded lounge chairs, a private cocktail waitress and random free snacks for fifty bucks per person.

Mirage Pool VIP
Mirage VIP Pool

I settled into my pool lounging marathon with a fully charged IPad and a celebrity gossip magazine. I ordered a large skinny Margarita, no simple syrup, for twenty bucks and spent the next twenty minutes trying to come up with ways to nurse it for my entire stay.
Diluting my skinny Mojito with the free cucumber water was the solution. Brilliant.
As I was reading about how Jennifer Aniston was vacationing someplace beachy…again, I peered up at the private cabanas. At $400 a day, I couldn’t help but wonder who might be up there. Jen? Are you in there? Just then two men and one woman emerged, making their way to the pool. Who are you? CEO’s of a large conglomerate? Soap Opera stars? Or simply high rollers who got comped?

Mojitos at the Mirage Prawn Wrap at the Mirage Pool

“You can’t beat this.” one of the uber-wealthy-high-rolling-conglomerate-CEO said. And that was all that was needed to start a cordial conversation about the weather, Las Vegas and what we were each doing there.
There was a story about being a well-known singer from Italy, coming to Vegas to meet with Celine Dion, having dinner with Marie Osmond, appearing on Jimmy Fallon and potentially performing at Caesars Palace. Blah. Blah. Blah. I’ll call your bluff, I’ll Google.
I held up my IPhone to Patrizio Buanne, “Well, turns out you are kind of a big deal.” was all I could say to Italian star singer and, of course, “can I get a picture?”

Patrizio is a romantic, make your knees weak, baritone singer born in Naples and raised in Vienna. I am certain he draws a crowd of panty throwing women. And he is charming.
Italian Star Patrizio BuanneAnnette White with Italian Star Patrizio Buanne
The other man was Francesco Lo Castro, a talented composer and guitarist with a mile long resume.
The spunky woman was their manager, formerly working with Larry King, and an official kick-in-the-pants. I could have spent my whole trip with her witty personality.
Annette White with Italian Star Patrizio Buanne

For the next few hours we invaded their cabana, ate their fruit plate and learned about the exciting, and sometimes tough, road for musicians.

When I returned home from Las Vegas, I watched this video of Patrizio performing ‘A Man Without Love’.

Mr. Buanne, I am now a fan, but will still not throw panties at the stage, unless they are someone elses.

Have you ever spent time will a star? Who would you have liked to have met at the pool?

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  1. CeCe July 23, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    He's not bad on the eyes either.

  2. bogda July 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Dear Annette,
    I enjoyed your article very much. i wish I were at the Mirage at that time :-)) Since 2007 have seen Patrizio Buanne in several concerts and I have always had a wonderful  time. Patrizio is a fabulous entertainer, has a great voice and fun personality. I go to see him every time I can and traveled as far as Vienna to see his concert there. In fact, in August you may see him in three concerts here in California:

    You will fall in love this amazing artist and the music he sings and you'll have a fantastic time.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey July 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      I am definitely going to keep a watch out for when he comes back to Northern California! Or maybe I’ll just continue to hang out at Vegas pools 😉

  3. Karen July 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I love that you "googled" him! LOL!  I've followed Patrizio for over 5 years and have had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions…you got it right..he is charming and he is the total package…personality, talent, stage presence, sincerity…and he has such an appreciation of his fans.  If you ever get the chance to catch him live in concert..DO NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY!!!  He is an ENTERTAINER EXTRAORDINAIRE!!!  In the meantime go out and buy his CDs, check out everything yiou can find on youtube, visit his FB page at "Patrizio Buanne Official", and follow him on Twitter.  Soon you'll be like the rest of us who have been on the Buanne train for a long time now….you'll be promoting him to your friends & family 24/7 !!

  4. Annette | Bucket List Journey July 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I wish I would have known how lucky I was, I would have spent more time asking him all the important questions 😉

  5. Scarlett July 24, 2012 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Woaah amazing!! He's fabulous! xx

  6. Juliann | Browsing the Atlas July 24, 2012 at 3:58 am - Reply

    How fun! I'm not familiar with anyone you mentioned, but it sounds like a great one-of-a-kind day. And they sound very gracious.

  7. Karen July 24, 2012 at 8:30 am - Reply

    No surprise that he was trying to feed you – LOL!  By the way….he's also a good cook!

  8. Rosalie Caldarera July 28, 2012 at 10:59 am - Reply

    I am an arden fan of Patrizio Buanne and have been since he come on the scene here in New York City in 2007.  You  are lucky girls to have spent some time with him and his guitarist and friend Francesco Lo Castro.  They are both great entertainers and wonderful people in general.  I can't wait until they do the show in Las Vegas.  Patrizio calls a huge group of his fans his Piazza Buanne Babes.  We are his adoring fans from all over the world and we can't wait to get together in Las Vegas and party, party, party.  Glad you have become a fan too.  Thanks for sharing this great story with us.

  9. Tiffany @ theUnimaginedLife August 2, 2012 at 10:11 am - Reply

    I am SO happy you stopped by my blog, because I freaking love you!… "Well, turns out you are kind of a big deal". EPIC! And probably all I'd be able to muster at that point, either,lol  🙂

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