Jackie Lina Alexander

Living Italian Style Toronto

Who do you speak Italian to? My mom speaks Italian to me.

Passion: Teaching/working with children, the Italian language and culture and travel

Goal in life: To be fluent in Italian and travel to as many countries as possible  

What’s your typical lunch? Salad or panino

Your best dish: Lasagna (it’s my mom’s recipe)

Best Italian neighhourhood: College Street

Your favourite Italian-Canadian expression: “Cosa si mangia oggi?”

Main difference between first generation and second/third: For me it’s my inability to speak the language, which I one day hope to learn.

Who is your role model? My parents and my grandparents

Most important family value: Loyalty and respect

Do you identify as Italian-Canadian or Canadian-Italian? Italian-Canadian

What does Panoram Italia represent to you? The preservation of Italian culture in Canada and keeping everyone connected

Best memory growing up Italian-Canadian: Making gnocchi with my nonna 

Photography by Giulio Muratori

Makeup by Monica de las Casa Rosati