Mario Cantone familiar face in Sonoma County (w/video)

  • Mario Cantone

Cantone took time recently to talk by phone from New York about his career, his current touring show and his love of Northern California:

<strong>Q: You spend quite a bit of time in Sonoma County, don't you? There have been sightings in Healdsburg.</strong>

<strong> A:</strong> Sightings, yes, at Flying Goat Coffee and the Downtown Bakery. I'm there a lot. I used to go to Napa a lot with my husband. I knew (celebrity chef and restaurateur) Charlie Palmer from Dry Creek Kitchen, and I met his wife (Lisa) at a dinner. She said, "You've got to come to Healdsburg."

<strong>Q: How long have been coming to Sonoma County?</strong>

<strong> A:</strong> We started going to Napa in the early '90s, but I would say we started going to Healdsburg in about 2008.

<strong>Q: That's a long trip from New York.</strong>

<strong> A:</strong> When we come to Northern California, it's like flying to Amsterdam. It's so long. I swear to God, it's like they slow down the planes to save gas. They say they're not, but I say, "Yes you are! I could be in Paris by now!"

<strong>Q: You'd better watch out for the sky marshals.</strong>

<strong> A:</strong> They know me. There's always a handsome, buff man sitting next to me, and I say, "I know you're a sky marshal!"

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