He was a ladies' man.
He was married twice but had no kids.
He was a gastronomic virtuoso.
He was the inventor of the best Italian dishes, such as Tournedos a la Rossini and drinks such as Cocktail Rossini.
He was a guy for whom music and food never existed apart from one another and a firm believer that:
Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in truth, the four acts of the comic opera known as life, and they pass like bubbles of a bottle of champagne. Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a complete fool"
But most importantly, he was the Artist, whose music has inspired generations to love, laugh, create and most importantly, be happy.
Happy Birthday, Rossini!