Rosaria Marsala

Photo by Stephen Gaitan

Nickname: Sarina Occupation: Human resources generalist Age: 25 Generation: Second Dad’s side from: Vita, Trapani, Sicilia Mom’s side from: Sambiase, Catanzaro, Calabria Raised in: Vaughan Speaks: Italian and English

What would someone be surprised to know about you? I am a bookworm; I buy an Italian book every trip to Italy.

What’s the best thing about being Italian-Canadian? The best thing is the terminology exclusive to the Italian-Canadian community: garagio (garage), backayarda (backyard), carro (car), storo (store).

What’s an Italian tradition you want to carry on? Baking trays of biscotti for every family event

What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? People usually ask me if I’m Italian. That’s probably because I talk with my hands, I’m loud, I’m stubborn, I have a big family and my daily diet consists of coffee and wine.

What movie title best describes your life and why? Scusa ma ti chiamo amore—the slightest incident in a day can create the biggest impact in your life. It’s an eye-opening film that’s been watched many nights on the couch with my mamma.

Favourite Italian expression: I have two favourite Italian expressions. One is “dai” used by every Italian kid growing up; I was exposed to this while visiting Italy at a young age. The second is “meno male,” which I use in my daily vocabulary.

Photography by Stephen Gaitan, Makeup by Camila Notari