The Tastes, the Sounds & the Passion of Italy

Board

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Pat Mostacci

Pat Postacci

CHAIR

Occupation:
Executive Director – Villa Italia

Region of Italy:
Collarmele Abruzzo / San Giovanni Rotondo Puglia

Favourite Food:
Spaghetti aglio & olio with pepperoncino, Risotto, Polenta, Veal Cutlets – Anything mom makes.

Sal Farrauto

Sal Farrauto

VICE CHAIR

Occupation:
Directort of Sales and Marketing – Michelangelo’s Banquet and Conference Centre

Region of Italy:
Racamulto, Sicilia

Roberto Mendola

Roberto Mendola

VICE CHAIR

Occupation:
Educator – HWCDSB
Realtor – Royal LePage

Region of Italy:
Racamulto, Sicilia

Favourite Food:
Trippa con patate, polpette di crita, stiglioli

Frank DAmico

Frank D’Amico

TREASURER

Occupation:
Credit Analyst

Region of Italy:
Abruzzo / Molise

Favourite Food:
Gnocchi, Arrosticini

Mark Faruggia

Mark Farrugia

SECRETARY

Occupation:
Owner/Executive Chef
La Piazza Allegra and Sasso

Region of Italy:
Molise

Favourite Food:
Pasta, lamb, ossobucco

Anthony Macaluso

Anthony Macaluso

PAST CHAIR

Occupation:
Vice Principal – Cardinal Newman HS

Region of Italy:
Racamulto, Sicilia

Favourite Food:
Lasagna, Taralli al limone, Cubaita

Charlie Agro

Charlie Agro

DIRECTOR

Occupation:
Vice Principal – Saint Thomas More

Region of Italy:
Racamulto, Sicilia

Favourite Food:
Vino, Lasagna, Cannoli’s, Espresso, Nutella

Ryan Barichello

Ryan Barichello

DIRECTOR

Occupation:
President - LinxSmart
President - SOAP Vault

Region of Italy:
Venezia / Abruzzo

Favourite Food:
Polenta, Screpelle, Risotto

Dennis Concordia

Dennis Concordia

DIRECTOR

Occupation:
Semi-Retired Strategic Planning and HR Executive still serving a variety of small and medium size family businesses in the community.

Region of Italy:
Kiete – Abruzzo and a little Calabrese

Favourite Food:
My favourite food - always includes a great big salad, rigatoni pasta or linguine al pescatore.

Father Francesco Cucchi

Father Francesco Cucchi

DIRECTOR

Occupation:
Associate Pastor – St. Francis Xavier

Region of Italy:
Born in Breno, close to Brescia.  Lived all my life in Palazzolo until my Ordination as a Priest in 2001. After living in Brescia lived in Vatican City Rome until 2016.

Favourite Food:
My favourite foods are Lasagne Emiliane, Spiedo Brescianoand Ossobuco alla Milanese. I love red wine like Brunello di Montalcino, or Montepulciano.

I enjoy cooking and I love to prepare every kind of Risotto

 

Ersilia DiNardo

Ersilia DiNardo

DIRECTOR

Occupation:
Retired – Catholic Children’s Aid Society

Region of Italy:
Abruzzo

Favourite Food:
Moms gnocchi, Egglant Parmiggiana, Cavatelli with rapini, Arrosticini, Cream Filled Pastries, Pizzelle, Gelato Nocciola…and so much more

Roseanne Greco-Venerri

Roseanne Greco-Venneri

DIRECTOR

Occupation:
Teacher/Department Head Music

Region of Italy:
San Giorgio Morgeto and Dipignano, Calabria

Favourite Food:
Pasta and Peas, Nacatole and Gelato

Michael Macaluso

Michael Macaluso

DIRECTOR

Occupation:
President – Carstar Canada

Region of Italy:
Racamulto, Sicilia

Favourite Food:
All of it.

Frank Raso

Frank Raso - Founder

DIRECTOR

Occupation:
Retired – Director of Operations – Allen Candy / Karma Candy

Region of Italy:
Calabria

Vince Raso

Vince Raso

DIRECTOR

Occupation:
Chartered Professional Accountant

Region of Italy:
San Giorgio Morgeto, Reggio Calabria

Favourite Food:
Pizza, Calabrese bread, mom’s pasta, mother in laws taralli, aunt Mary’s Tiramisu

Patricia Veri

Patricia Veri

DIRECTOR

Occupation:
Travel and Event Manager – Heming Group

Region of Italy:
Chieti, Rocca San Giovanni & Villa Santa Maria Abbruzzo

Favourite Food:
Pasta and Pizza

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Amico

Region of Italy:
The Tunnels of Naples

Favourite Food:
Parmiggiano, Gorgonzola, Asiago and Gouda.

He was married to Minnie but that didn't work out. She met another famous mouse and the rest is history.

Maria and Joe

Maria Giavedoni and Joe Suffoletta

Honorary chairs for 2018 and 2019