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Tom and Katie Celebrate 3rd Anniversary Early

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PEOPLE
By Michelle Tauber
11/18/09

Work may have taken Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to separate places on the globe for their third anniversary Wednesday, but the couple made sure to mark the occasion – twice.

On Saturday night, the pair – who tied the knot in a lavish affair in Italy on Nov. 18, 1006 – celebrated the milestone with a romantic Italian dinner at Boston's Bricco restaurant. Cruise, 47, surprised Holmes, 30, by renting out the entire second floor of the eatery, where the pair dined on house-made pasta, Chilean sea bass (Holmes's pick) and Wagyu steak (Cruise's choice).

With 3-year-old daughter Suri at home, "they held hands the entire night," Ron Leduc, director of operations for Bricco, tells PEOPLE. "They had a romantic dinner.

The pair were ready for more romance the next night, when they stopped in Boston's Abe & Louie's restaurant, a favorite of the couple during their autumn stay as Cruise shoots the upcoming action-comedy "Knight & Day."

Surrounded by their security team, Cruise and Holmes sat at a table in the front of the restaurant and finished their meal with two sweet treats: seven-layer chocolate cake and key-lime pie.

As for their actual anniversary, Cruise was scheduled to fly to Austria to continue shooting "Knight & Day" with Cameron Diaz. Holmes also has been busy with work: She is shooting the indie film "The Romantics" on Long Island, N.Y., where she filmed a wedding scene as the best friend of the bride (played by Anna Paquin).

"She really seems to be in great spirits today," says a set source, noting that Holmes's parents were with her on location. "She is in a great mood but I think you can tell she misses him."

• Reporting by NATASHA STOYNOFF and ISLEY KASICA