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Local Author Explores History and Recipes of "Hill" Neighborhood

Eleanor Berra Marfisi will discuss her books, "The Hill: Its History, Its Recipes” and “Italian Roots American Flowers,” during the Fontbonne University/KMOX Book Club, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. Chef Gianfranco Munna from Bartolino's Osteria will also join Marfisi in a cooking demonstration.

The event will be held at the Drury Hotels and Bartolino's Osteria (Clifton Ballroom), located on the corner of Hampton Ave. and Highway 44.

The event is free but reservations are required. Call 314-444-1827 or e-mail cwbrennan@cbs.com, leave your name and phone number and reference the "August" book club to reserve a spot today.

According to the publisher, this book is a fascinating and unique perspective of The Hill, a staunch Italian-American neighborhood in St. Louis. With remarkable photographs and informative text, this book covers more than a century of the Hill's history, from early Italian immigration to today's vibrant community. "The Hill" also features popular recipes from four of the Hill's nationally acclaimed restaurants: Cunetto House of Pasta, Dominic's, Charlie Gitto's "On the Hill," and Giovanni's. Additionally, 24 local Hill residents have contributed their favorite traditional family recipes.