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Page8 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 5, 2013 A special night of Italian culture, music, fashion and food to raise funds for the creation of the Italian Cultural Center of Boston "Italianissimo," the annual gala dinner organized by the Consulate General of Italy, Giuseppe Pastorelli, within the Year of Italian Culture in United States, was held on June 7 th at the Boston Public Library. It raised funds for promoting the Italian Culture Center in Boston and the teaching of Italian language in New England's schools. This event was a collaboration between the City of Boston and Padova and it was also a celebration for their 30 th anniversary as sis- ter cities. It was co-chaired by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the guest of honor was Italian Minister of Economic Development, Flavio Zanonato, former mayor of Padova. The library was chosen as the location because of its history, which contributed to the mood of the event. It was built around the XlX Century and it was a way to allow immi- grants to get to know American culture better and, with its architecture, it is also a tribute to Italian Renaissance. The event also showcased products of Padua's trade and Italian Design: some of the most beautiful shoes from the "Museo Rossimoda della Calzatura" as well as a selection of items from the "Maliparmi" fash- ion collection. There was an auction of various artists as Leonora Armellini, a well-known pianist played in the background. The reading room was set up with a buffet, prepared by Italian chef Lucia Pavin, of Ristorante al Palazzino in Galliera Veneta, Italy. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography)