New Bistro and Bed and Breakfast Open in Winter Harbor

WINTER HARBOR — Elise DiRuggiero’s late mother, Rose DeCresce, is a presence in Elise’s new bistro, Baci — from the rose garden in the front of the clapboard building to the biscotti jar on the varnished lumber counter inside.

“My mother loved roses and I have a funny story about the biscotti jar,” DiRuggiero said.

In brief, when airlines had no rules about what one could carry aboard Rose arrived at the airport in Italy with a man-sized terracotta urn covered in sea shells.

“I said, ‘You can bring an item. That’s a monument,’” said DiRuggiero. “She said, ‘They didn’t indicate the size.’ And she was right. They had to let her on with the urn.”

The biscotti jar was the item DiRuggiero opted to carry with her on similar trans-Atlantic flights.

There are other aspects of the inn and bistro that are in memory of her parents, such as the quince, fig, cherry and peach trees planted in back of the house in honor of her father, Victor DiRuggiero.

Baci and the Winter Harbor Bed and Breakfast are the expression of a dream DiRuggiero has had to live in the area and offer a variety of services to residents and visitors.

A longstanding professional dog groomer, she opened that business several months ago in a building at the rear of the Main Street property.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

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Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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