Mary-Anne Pignatari

Photography by Giulio Muratori, Makeup by Monica De Las Casas Rosati, Location Trinity Bellwoods

Living Italian Style Toronto

Nickname: Mare, Mary Occupation: Chiropodist Age: 25 Generation: Third Dad’s side from: Vibo Valentia, Calabria Mom’s side from: San Vincenzo La Costa (Cosenza), Calabria Raised in: Etobicoke Speaks: English and Italian

Who do you speak Italian to? My nonni and some of my patients

Passion: Travelling, soccer

Goal in life: Becoming a chiropodist has always been my goal since I was young. I was so happy to be able to accomplish this goal last year. I feel proud of my academic accomplishments.

What’s your typical lunch? Mortadella and provolone panino

Your favourite Italian-Canadian expression: “Una buona mamma vale cento maestre”

Main difference between first generation and second/third: Work ethic and opportunities that have been available to my generation are very different than in previous generations. We are more fortunate, and in many cases have a bigger support system that helps us in so many ways.

Most important family value: Respect, kindness and honesty

What does Panoram Italia represent to you? It represents a wonderful way to stay in touch with the Italian-Canadian community 

Best memory growing up Italian-Canadian: Sunday lunches with the whole family