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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 "(C)xperience love and passion this Valentine's Day ... Brighten your loved one's day at work with a floral arrangement from Muzzy's. Maybe you feel like dining in Boston's romantic North Square at Gennaro's 5 North Square, or on Fleet Street at La Summa's for dishes that evoke the senses of Sunday dinners. You may want to indulge in oysters and Prosecco at Villa Francesca. Perhaps you feel like visiting Lucia's in Winchester's quaint downtown or on Hanover Street? You may want to sip on martinis at Ecco's sleek bar? Don't forget to dress up your loved one with a jewelry piece from the collection of Hollywood replicas from Filthy Rich of Boston. Those who long for the enchantment of the renowned 'Golden Era' are transported back in time, featuring pieces worn in famous films by silver screen legends like Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable This bmel was originally worn by  in her iconic bhitlg photograph that made her America's favocite pin-up of the World War II eta. and Audrey Hepburn, made with pristine quality and affordably priced. Or if you prefer a quiet night at home, tuck into one of your favorite home cooked meals from "Recipes My Nonna Taught Me" then enjoy a film, topped off with dessert from Mike's Pastry. For the more adventurous, you can celebrate a long Valentine's Vacation with a cooking tour in Umbria, Italy! Whatever you decide, remember Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show your loved one how much you care. Romantic Festival of Valentine's Day is celebrated with enthusiasm in the beautiful country of Italy. Lovers take opportunity of the day to express love and affection for their beloved. Loads of Valentine's Day gifts are exchanged and everyone enjoys the day to the hilt. Sweets for 00Four Sweetheart Stop in for a little "olce Fita" f Mike's Pastry  300 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts ' Mike Mercogliano, Owner LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine Donato Fraffaroli 415 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 617.367.2353 Open for Lunch and Dinner Daily Private dining rooms for any occasion donato@luciaboston.com www.luciaboston.com J Valentine's Day was initially celebrated as a Spring Festival in Italy. Celebration for the day was held in the open air. Young people would gather intree arbors or ornamental gardens and enjoy listening to music and reading of poetry. Later they would stroll off with their Valentine into the gardens. The custom steadily ceased over the course of years and has not been celebrated for centuries. Qf00, 6 I Muzzy 's ay Square 007orist, Inc. Say it with d00lowers 373 Chelsea Street East Boston, Massachusetts 617.567.8800 1.800.446.0017 www. ltd. com/muzzy www.rnuzzyda ysquareflorist, com Ristorante Valentine's Day Reservations 150 Richmond Street - North End - Boston, MA call Valet Parking 617.367.2948 Website: www.villafrancesca.com 107 Porter St, East Boston 617.561.1112 lalentine's ay Menu $60 Per Person - Five Courses - Reservations Required STARTERS (Ch.oice of) Maine Crab Cake with a Louis dipping sauce & mixed greens Angus Beef Carpaccio baby mixed greens, parmesan, capers white truffle oil Sea Scallops wrapped in Apple Smoked Bacon Vermont Vegetarian Tarte with arugola Shrimp Cocktail with smoked baby scallops, gazpacho, avocado & frisee SECOND COURSE (Choice of) Butternut Squash Pumpkin, Fresh Ginger, Pear Soup Mixed Green Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette Caesar Salad ENTREES (Choice of) 16 oz. Grilled Veal Porterhouse Chop w/potatoes au gratin and grilled asparagus Pan Sauteed Black Pearl Atlantic Salmon with w/champagne butter sauce with caviar Market Cod with vegetable ratatouille Stuffed Statler Chicken Breast with prosciutto, spinach and fontina cheese 10 oz. Grille Beef Tenderloin with twice baked parmesan potatoes and grilled vegetables Truffle Risolto with poached Maine lobster, sauteed scallops, shrimp, and grilled asparagus DESSERT FINALE (Choice of) Chocolate Fudge Cake Vanilla Bean Crme Brule area Bread Pudding with vanilla ice-cream Prices do not include tax or gratuity. Vegetarian entrde available upon request.