Dining dynasty: new debut

December 19, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

In 1934, Enrico and Maria Velleggia opened Enrico's Friendly Tavern in Little Italy. It was the beginning of a restaurant dynasty.

Today, there's still a Velleggia's Restaurant in Little Italy, but after 22 years, Dici Naz Velleggia closed his Towson restaurant. Naz says, "It was time for a change." And change it did! When the new restaurant, Enrico's, named for his father, opened several weeks ago, his two sons Enrico, the chef, and Mark, were running the show. The place looks great after a coat of salmon-colored paint and the installation of a new

salmon-and-green carpet. And there's even a new menu.

Naz's close friend, adviser and backer, Baltimore developer Ralph DeChiaro, was the first person to christen the new Towson eatery with a gala party. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Favazza, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy D'Alesandro III, Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Averza, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Griffith, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Marek, the Rev. Daniel McGuire, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Potthast, Mr. and Mrs. John Schapiro and Monsignor Martin Schwallenberg were a few of the hundred or so who stopped by.

A party the following evening was held by Naz's attorney, Bob DiCicco, and his wife, Emily, who are owners of Bare Hills Tennis Club. The DiCiccos celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a party for 100 friends at Enrico's. Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Nordhoff, Dr. and Mrs. James Fisher, Judge and Mrs. Edgar Silver, Mary Bell Grempler, Judge and Mrs. John Grayson Turnbull, Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Lindel, Bob and Alice Voelkel, Judge and Mrs. A. Gordon Boone Jr., Mr. and Mrs G. Warren Mix, and Reba and Ron Hannon were among the guests.


The Mount Washington Tavern is once again backing a good cause. From 8 p.m. till 2 a.m Dec. 22, WBAL-radio's traffic reporter "Detour" Dave Sanders and 98 Rock's Sarah Fleisher, ++ among others, will be tending bar to raise money for the Major Mike Fund.

The fund is for Mike Zachary, who was Sanders' airplane pilot until he contracted Hodgkin's disease. He can't fly until he completes chemotherapy and gets medical clearance. Mike has no medical insurance, so he is facing some large medical bills which his friends are hoping to help him with at the fund-raiser.


Wedding bells rang yesterday for University of Massachusetts president Michael Hooker and his fiance, Carmen Buell, a Massachusetts legislator. Mr. Hooker was president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County from 1986 until 1992.

It was love at first sight. They met at a UMass basketball game last January and Hooker gave her a solitaire diamond in August. It's a second marriage for both.


In the midst of the holiday rush, Dr. Sheldon Silverman and parking lot czar Allen Quille have other things on their minds. They are busy selling tickets for a Jan. 3 dinner at Martin's West which will honor WJZ-TV's Marcellus Alexander and Rex Barney, the voice of the Orioles.

The dinner is a benefit for the Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped Donated Services Program. This is a group of 650 dentists who provide free dental care for the handicapped. If you'd like to attend the dinner, tickets are $100 ,, and may be reserved by calling Lois Bedell, (410) 964-1944.


Phil Moore, the host of one of Nickelodeon's top-rated game shows, "Nick Arcade," returns to his hometown of Baltimore on Jan. 9, when the "Nick Live" tour arrives at the Baltimore Arena for two shows. The tour is the brainchild of the Nickelodeon network, which combined the elements of three of its hottest game shows, "Double Dare," "Guts" and "Nick Arcade," for this 70-city tour.

Moore, whose mom, Ann works here as a paralegal, attended Hilton Elementary and Poly High School before taking his comedy act on the road. He played in some of the country's best-known comedy clubs and was in two movies before landing this job two seasons ago.

I'm told the show is a high-tech, fast-moving, participatory game show designed for kids, ages 3-13. All 70 contestants will be selected from the audience. Show times are 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., and tickets, which are $14.50 and $9.50, can be purchased at the Arena.

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