Alfredo Paolillo

by Liana Carbone

Nickname: Fredo Occupation: Track maintainer for Canadian Pacific Railway Age: 27 Generation: Second Dad from: Benevento, Campania Mom from: Torrecuso, Benevento, Campania Raised in: Ahuntsic-Cartierville Speaks: English, Italian, French

What would someone be surprised to know about you? I’m a huge bookworm.

How will Italian culture change in Canada over the next 10 years? Hopefully, the generations will be more understanding of Italian culture, create healthier versions of Italian recipes and be more willing to learn the language.

What do you hope never changes? I hope the art of making tomato sauce and wine never fades; they’re perfect activities for the family to be together.

Best thing about being Italian-Canadian: The thing I enjoyed most was feeling different from the crowd—whether it was because of our ridiculously stacked lunches, teachers mispronouncing our last names or our crazy superstitions. No matter what it was, or how crazy it may have looked to someone else, I was always very proud of my roots.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Never laugh at people; lift them up instead.

What job would you be terrible at? Working for blood drives—I would pass out, guaranteed.

What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? Not being able to function without my espresso in the morning.

Photography by Liana Carbone, Makeup by Vanessa Davis