Alessio Varano

Nickname: Americano (in Italy), Alè (in Canada) Occupation: Real estate broker Age: 30 Generation: First generation – born in Calabria, Italy Dad from: Isca sullo Ionio (Catanzaro), Calabria Mom from: Badolato (Catanzaro), Calabria Raised in: Italy and Rivière-des-Prairies Speaks: Italian, English, French and can carry a conversation in Spanish

What would someone be surprised to know about you? I was born and raised in a small town in Calabria for the first 5 years of my life.

How will Italian culture change in Canada over the next 10 years? It will evolve into something better. A new generation of Italians is emerging. The new generation will have a greater impact on the world thanks to the sacrifices and opportunities that our parents and grandparents gave us.

What do you hope never changes? Our traditions, and being able to speak to friends in Italian Best thing about being Italian-Canadian: Having the opportunities that they may not have in certain parts of Italy and being exposed to different cultures

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Stop living in the past or in the future; live in the present.

What job would you be terrible at? Data entry

What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? Being louder than life!

photography by Liana Carbone, Makeup by Vanessa Davis