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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 Page 9 In the Italian City of Turin, betrothed couples used to announce their engagement on the Valentine&apos;s Day. Several days ahead of February 14, stores were decorated and loaded with a huge variety of bon-bon. Some even sold china baskets and cups filled with delectable Valentine's Day candies and tied with a ribbon. These were to be presented as gifts to Valentine. Another interesting Valentine's Day tradition followed in Italy and Britain made unmarried girls wake up before sunrise. People strongly bel ieved that the first man an unmarried girl sees on Valentine's Day, or someone who looks like him would marry her within a year. Girls therefore used to wake up early on Valentine's Day and stand by their window towatch a man pass. Make Romantic Dinners with your loved one .. Purchase a copy'for Valentine's Day. Rp My N,na Taught A Tribute to Francena's Sicilian Heritage and Her Beloved Nonna. Now expanded and enhanced in its 1 lth printing with 10,000 copies sold. $12.95 - pay no shipping and postage A must for your collection. ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!! FRANCENA 125 Boyce Road, Centerville, OH 45458 937-433-7313 - Dine with your loved one on Vafentine's Day . at Ris torante Saraceno in Boston's North End 286 Hanover Street 617.227.5353  ENNADO NorthSSquarc . ,i u RISTORANTE FINE ITALIAN DINING No.T. SQUARE-BOSTON'S NORr. ,=NO Tel: 617-720-1050 www. 5 north s quare, com Under the new management of Gennaro who also brings you Caff6 Vittoria and Florentine Cafe People of Italy see Valentine's Day as a holiday imported from the US, just like Halloween and Mother's Day. For the love and lovers country of Italy, the.major day for celebration of love is "il giorno della festa degli innamorati." As lovers exclusively celebrate this day family members and friends do not exchange gifts. In recent times however, lovers in Italy celebrate Valentine's Day by expressing their love to sweethearts. Couples usually go out for dinners at pizzeria or ristorante. Just as in several other countries, the festival has been commercialized to a great extent. There is a strong tradition to exchange gifts like roses, perfume, chocolates and diamonds depending on the age and taste of the person. Another popular Valentine's Day gift in Italy is Baci Perugina- small, chocolate-covered hazelnuts containing a small slip of paper with a romantic poetic quote in four languages. You might want to indulge in some cuddling, spending some time curled up on the sofa with your significant other and watch a romantic movie. A few romantic Italian movies to choose from ... Pane, amore e fantasia, Pane e tulipani, II postino, Ricordati di me, and Casomai Pomance Love Celebrate with Your Loved One at La Summa's Homemade Italian Specialties 3"0 Fleet Street - Boston's North End A Complimentary dessert per couple on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2011 Prop: Barbara Summa Phone: (617) 523-9503 FILTHY RICH'OF BOSTON WORLD FAMOUS CELEBTY RPLICAS a.- (uby Ring Jackie Kennedy Replica 236A Hanover Street Boston - North End 857.366.4620 Mention this ad to receive 15/o off your purchase, o Ned valid with Gther a]fer. Celebratedq omantic 12alentine's Day Upstairs at. ilippo's storante 283 Causeway Street, North End, Boston Sunday, February 13,2011 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm f_j.sten, .)ine and ance to the classic sounds of ,Frank <Zarba and ay Caicchio ITALIAN BUFFET and one glass of Wine included - $40 per person * Purchase of tickets in advance req u i red Mail your check to: Frank Zarba Music - 251 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsboro, MA 01879 Deadline for reservations Friday, February 1 lth Reserve your table for 2, 4 or 6 Frank Zarba Music 978-453-7484 Net proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association J What says I love you ... ... more than the food of love 1.646.761.8037 Italy +39.333.8246373 Give your Valentine a culinary holiday to remember and savor at Cucina della Terra in Umbria, Italy. Stay at our tranquil country inn and experience the wonder of the Umbrian and Tuscan countryside while tasting the region's finest wines, cheeses, olive oils, and truffles, as well as fulfilling you and your valentine's inner foodie with hands-on cooking classes in our very own Cucina. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of medieval and renaissance Italy with our specially selected tours. Inspire with love or inamorata, by joining us in 2011. After all, the Way to your lover's heart is always through his or her stomach. Check for complete itinerary; For more information, please call Gerri Sarnataro 646. 761.8037 or emaih