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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 9, 2012 Page5 Top of the Hub Toasts the Amalfi Coast with Culinary Exchange Featuring Hotel Villa Franca in Positano, Italy & Cooking Vacations Wine & Food Sampling - March 16 Regional Wine Dinner - March 17 Mark Porcaro, Executive Chef at Top of the Hub, will welcome Vincenzo Esposito, Execu- tive Chef from Hotel Villa Franca in Positano, Italy, to the sky-high restaurant on the 52 nd floor of The Prudential Tower for a special partnership of their talents and cuisines entitled "Top of the Hub Toasts The Amalfi Coast." Villa Franca is an award-winning resort hotel perched high on a hill in Positano, Italy, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Cooking Vacations is the leader in culinary tours, hands-on cooking classes and food market visits to Italy. In a culinary exchange program combin- ing the best of American and Italian cui- sines, the two chefs will host a Regional Wine & Hors d'oeuvres Pairing Evening at Top of the Hub on Friday, March 16. A spe- cial four-course Regional Wine Dinner will follow on Saturday, March 17, also hosted by the chefs. Select menu items marking the American-ltalian collaboration will be added to Top of the Hub's traditional Dinner Menu in April. The Chefs will offer their personal insight into their menu selections during each event, They will also comment on the se- lected wines from Monte Faliesi of Campania and explain why each was chosen to be paired with its respective dish. As well, Lauren Bir- mingham, owner of Cooking Vacations Italy, will present their extra virgin first-cold pressed Olive Oil in a tasting during the March 16 event. To complete the international exchange program, Chef Porcaro has been invited to Villa Franca m Italy to create a similar se- ries of events with Chef Esposito. Addition- ally, one lucky guest at Top of the Hub will win a luxurious Cooking Vacations 5 day- 4 night Culinary Getaway for two at Villa Franca in Positano, Italy (airfare not included; entries accepted through the month of April). Top of the Hub General Manager Raphael Oliver commented, "Working with the staff at Villa Franca has afforded us all the oppor- tunity to create a really special culinary treat for guests to enjoy. It's also an appropriate coincidence that guests at Top of the Hub enjoy spectacular views of Boston while Villa Franca offers its guests sweeping views high above the Amalfi Coast." Advance Reservations, required for both events, may be made at 617-536=1775. All events are presented in partnership with Top of the Hub, Hotel Villa Franca, The Lenox Hotel, Horizon Beverages and Cooking Vacations Italy. Jill Saints Wa00] ACROSS CROSSWORD PUZZLE 1. Frosting on a cake, e.g. 6. Heat or energy unit 9. *School with most championships 13. Love intensely 14. Dr. Cornelius in sci-fi movie classic, e.g. 15. Like dragon after knight's conquest 16. Copperfield's domain 17. Eating of forbidden fruit, e.g. 18. Total amount 19. *Game tracker 21. In an open way 23. Notvertical, abbr. 24. Be sick 25. Emergency responders 28. Home to Stags Leap and Wild Horse 30. Superlative of"yare" 35. Reluctant, usually followed by"to" 37. A tall one is not true 39. The present occasion 40. U.N. civil aviation agency 41. Rossini's opus, e.g. 43. It travels through air 44. Pulsating pain 46. At a great distance 47. *Final 48. Some give this when upset 50. Drug abuser 5Z Dry, as in humor 53. Eagerness 55. Clinton Rodham 57. Famous for its coffee 60. *Goes with March 64. NBC's"The " 65. "to Joy" by Friedrich Schiller 67. Become one 68. On the move 69. Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music" 70. Holy See's administering body 71. *Ranking 72. Apollo to ancient Greeks 73. Levels DOWN 1. Its fleece was white as snow? 2. 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Military hospitals 33. Scrub or purge 66. Simon & fiarfunkel, e.g. (Solution on Page 8) St. Patrick's Day is closing in on Battery Street, North End, Boston. (Photo by Sal Giarratani) At the far end of Hanover Street on Battery Street you will find All Saints Way. If you're lucky, you'll wander by when the gate is open and Peter Baldassari is home. Arranged on the brick walls are thousands of images of saints. "People come from all over the world to visit All Saints Way and to give him new images," says Baldasasari. On the wall along with the saints, Baldassari has posted an old Italian saying: "Mock all and sundry things, but leave the saints alone." North End Library Honors Walkway Announcement The Friends of the North End Library are pleased to announce that they will be accepting order forms for addi- tional bricks for the Honors Walkway! These bricks are a wonderful way to support the library and to honor those who are important to you and the community! You will be able to recognize special memories, milestones or honor an important individual. Each brick is 4" x 8" and can be specifically detailed with a personal message. You may specify one, two or three lines per brick. The maxi- mum number of characters and spaces per line is 15. Order forms will be available at the library and also at the fundraiser. The deadline for ordering is June 1, 2012 and the dedication will be held in October 2012. Visit for more information. DIVORCE CRIMINAL * 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING TRUSTS PERSONAL INJURY * WORKERS COMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 ,, ................ , ........ - .......  ......  ..................... --- ...... - -.--r,---.--= ....... ............ : -"- " r-=--T,: -7- '= T -: '7 77-g;77rT=7r'i : :' E-g' : ,m;-,r--.. 7:: g,,..-t2,j/, ' 7---