Friday, April 13, 2012

Five-0 Executive Chef Brings Back a Bit of Italy

By Larry Favinger

Staff Columnist


A special evening of dining is scheduled at Five-O on Shore Road next week for those who enjoy Italian food and wine like that served in Tuscany, Italy.

Executive Chef James Walter has recently returned from a visit to Il Falconiere in Tuscany, where he had the opportunity to work with renowned chef Richard Titi.

“It was amazing. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had as a chef,” Walter said during an interview Tuesday at Five-O. “It was a learning experience. You’re never done learning.”

Walter has been cooking since he was 15 years old “and never looked back.” He said being a chef is “not for everybody, but it is for me.” He has been an executive chef for more than four years.

The Thursday, April 19, event will be “based on the trip James took,” according to Jeff Porter, co-owner of Five-O with Doneto Tramuto. As the four-course dinner is served with the appropriate Italian wine, Walter will discuss it.

It starts with an anti-pasti and wine at 6:30pm in the lounge. Dinner is scheduled to begin at 7pm.

Reservations can be made by calling Five-O at 207-646-5001 or on the restaurant’s web site at The number of seats will be limited.

Walter said Tuscany is “a surreal place” due to its history, its architecture, its food and wine. He said this year’s Tuscany to Ogunquit event is “more than a dinner, it’s a great experience for everyone.”

According to a website devoted to Tuscany, the area has a unique culinary tradition, and is famous for its wine.

Diners will have two options per course. The menu is posted on the website, The cost is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity.