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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 5, 2010 Harry's Bar, Venice, Italy What is the connection between Boston, Massachu- setts and Venice, Italy? If you have been to Venice I am sure you have reveled in its wonderful sights, the Grand Canal, with its ever present Gondolas, Ponte Vecchio, Basilica di San Marco, Pi- azza San Marco, the Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. If you take a short walk not to far from Piazza San Marco past the columns with the winged lions, the symbol of Venice, and trav- eling along the Grand Canal towards Santa Maria della Salute, you will find Harry's Bar. Here in this well kept and quite sophisticated place is the connection between Boston and Venice. Harry Pickering was a quiet, wealthy young man from Boston, Massachusetts who was beginning to show some signs of alcoholism and HARRY'S BJ00R . The Boston- Venice Connection by James DiPrima so his family sent him to live with an elderly aunt, who herself enjoyed imbibing on bourbon and 7UP. On a visit to Venice while staying at the hotel Europa they fre- quented the bar and became acquainted with the barman who's name was Giuseppe Clpriani. In 1927 Cipriani was working at the Bellevue Hotel in San Remo. Here a patron of the bar convinced Cipriani to loan him his sav- ings to bet on a sure thing. The man disappeared with the money and Cipriani re- turned to Venice, a little smarter but poorer. Cipriani, who could speak English, got along very well with Harry and his aunt, so much so that he would pour their "usual" when they came in- to the bar and for this he received very good tips. Un- fortunately, Harry and his aunt had a falling out when his aunt took up with some gigolo and she left the hotel leaving Harry to fend for himself. Harry began drinking more and Giuseppe asked him if money was running low and Harry said it was. After hearing this, Giuseppe Cipriani offered to lend him 10,000 lira (about $5,000 US). Harry asked why he would give him this money and Giuseppe replied, "Be- cause you need it." Harry took the money and departed from the hotel and Italy. Days turned into weeks, weeks into months still Gondolas on the Grand Canal,Venice, Italy. Cipriani did not hear from Harry. Two years after he loaned Harry the money on a cold February day in 1931, Harry Pickering came up to the bar at the hotel Europa in Venice and handed Giuseppe an envelope. Open- ing it Giuseppe found 40,000 Lire. Harry said, "Let's open a bar together." "Okay" said Giuseppe, "we'll call it Harry's Bar." Harry's Bar is known for many things, one of them is the well-known Bellini -- a cocktail consisting of peach puree and Champagne or Proseco. Cipriani named it after the Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. This drink was a favorite of the author Ernest Hemingway who fre- quented Harry's Bar while staying in Venice. He liked the bar so much that he included it in his novel "Across the River and into the Trees." Another drink that Hemingway favored and was the first to order it was, the "Montgomery Martini" named after British Field Marshal Bernard Montgom- (Continued on Page 12) BAKE SA/00 & FLEA MARKET FOR ST. FRANCIS HOUSE The North End Friends of St. Francis House will hold its 6 th annual Bake Sale and Flea Market on Friday, March 19 th and Saturday, March 20 th at the Nazzaro Community Center located at 30 North Bennet Street. The event will go from 8am to 6pm on Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturday. We will have all kinds of homemade baked goods and wonderful pastries and cookies from all of the bakeries and pastry shops in the neighborhood. We will also have Mary Romano's world famous egg- plant sandwiches along with meatball and sausage sandwiches. We will also have tons of great flea market items for you to buy. We will be col- lecting spare change. No amount is too small (or too big). If you would like to send in a donation, make checks payable to St. Francis House and mail to John Romano, 247 Burlington Avenue, Wilmington, Massachusetts 01887. All of the proceeds will be matched by an anony- mous donor, so your dona- tion counts twice as much as you give. For more information, please call John Romano at (617) 880-9901 or e-mail at patjr@comcast, net. SPRING IS HERE -- SPRING CLEANING THAT IS::: It is time to do your spring cleaning and donate your un-needed stuff to the North End Friends of St. Francis House for their annual BALE SALE & FLEA MARKET. We will be collecting used knick- knacks, small electronics, small furniture like coffee tables, book shelves etc., cook ware, kitchen items, books, CO's, collectibles and much more. PLEASE NO CLOTHESII! You can drop your stuff off at the Nazzaro Center starting Monday March 15 th at 7am. (Please note the Center is closed on Wednesday, March 17th). The Center is open until 9pm. For more information, please call John Romano at (617) 880-9901 or send an e-mail to patjr@comcast, net. The Romano, Scimeca and Carangelo families thank you ahead of time for your support. JG BAFFO, LLC Certified Public Accountant INCOME TAX PREPARATION Individuals Businesses John G. Baffo, CPA Lewis Wharf, Bay 217, Boston, MA 02110 Tel.: 617.248.9500 Fax: 617.248.9511 E-mail: jb Serving the Italian Community LSmtes- nsus 2010 Be a part of Historyl APPLY NOWI Census Takers, Crew Leaders, Crew Leader Assts, Recruiting Assts AND MOREl Flexible hours & paid training Must be U.S. Citizen and pass written test. Great Payll $22.75-$24.25/hr for Boston Call TODAY 1-866-861-2010 For more info and practice test, go to www.2OlOcensusiobs.eov US Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer CIRCOLO ITALIANO DI BOSTON Quinta Conferenza "La Grisi in Italia e I'ltafa in Grisi" Dante Roscini, Senior Lecturer of Business THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010-- 7:30PM Administration Harvard Business School ABOUT DANTE ROSCINI Dante Roscini is a senior lecturer in the Business, Government and the International Economy unit at Harvard Business School. Mr Roscini holds an M.B.A. from Harvard (1988) and a summa cum laude Laurea degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Rome, Italy (1981). Before coming back to HBS Mr Roscini spent twenty years in investment banking with senior positions at the three top US bulge bracket firms in New York and London. He was Head of European Capital Markets for Goldman Sachs (1988-1998), Head of Global Equity Capital Markets and Head of the European Capital Markets and Financing Group for Merrill Lynch (1999-2004) where he was also a member of the Capital Commitments Committee and of the Manag- ing Directors Promotions Committee. Finally, he was Country Head of Italy and Chairman of European Capital Markets for Morgan Stanley. He was also a board member of Morgan Stanley International Bank (2005-2008). He is currently a member of the board and advisory board of several European companies. Mr Roscini has broad management experience in the areas of general management, strategy, finance, budgeting and planning, risk management and personnel. His particular expertise is in the global capital markets. He personally led many privatizations and Initial Public Offerings in a number of countries, several of which represented "first of a kind" transactions. In his last position he was responsible for investment banking, private wealth management, asset management, private equity, and sales and trading regionally. Prior to his career in investment banking Mr. Roseini worked as a researcher in nuclear archaeometry at the University of Rome as a design engineer and project manager with Westinghouse Electric Corp. In the US he worked as a management consultant with the Boston Con- sulting Group in Paris. Reception following the conference. 4 th Floor Conference Room, Building E40 Center for International Studies, MIT, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Suggestioni "A Festival of Italian New Music and Poetry" SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010 Harvard University 2pm: Conference held at the Center for European Stud- ies (CES) room 208 with Stefano Gervasoni, composer, Paris Conservatory, Davide Rondoni, poet, Centro Internazionale di Poesia - Bologna. Luca Francesconi, composer, Malmo Academy of Music. 4pm: Conference held at the Center for European Stud- ies (CES) room 208 with Pierluigi Billone, composer, Graz Universitat, Paolo Valesio, poet, Columbia University, Fabio Nieder, composer, Munich Conservatory 7pm: "Meet the Artists" Informal Poetry Readings held at Gato Rojo Caf6, Dudley House. 8pm: Concert - Talea Ensemble - dames Baker, conduc- tor and Joe Ellen Miller, soprano held at John Knowles Pain Hall, Harvard University Department of Music. Sponsored by Consulate General of Italy in Boston, Harvard University Department of Maine, Italian Institute of Culture - New York, Laura De Basis Fund for Italian Culture and Federzione CEMAT (SONORA). For more infor- mation e-mail POST-GAZETTE EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE ts NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 MON. and TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.