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In 2010 the Legislature of the Province of Ontario passed Bill 103 into law, declaring the month of June as Italian Heritage Month. Its mandate is to promote and preserve Italian heritage for future generations of Italian Canadians. As a former board member of the Italian Heritage Foundation, I created The Italianista as a personal tribute to this culture. This website which features articles on travel, cuisine, people and art has also been the catalyst for my regular contribution to noted publications.

However, since its inception two years ago The Italianista has morphed into RO on the GO - a unique medium which recognizes and supports charitable organizations, businesses and events within Vaughan and the Greater Toronto Area. After spending an incredible amount of time in this great city I have realized that regardless of race, religion and socioeconomic status, its citizens have one common goal - to work together to build a stronger and healthier community.


Light the Night Gala

Light the Night Gala
My story is typical of most "new" Canadians. Although I am originally from Italy, migrating to this country as a child, I take great pride in being Canadian and living in a nation that embraces diversity.

I was born on Lake Maggiore, in the northern Italian Alpine Lake District. I arrived in Canada in 1972 when I was just a year old and resided in the predominantly Italian Finch-Islington area of North York. At the age of ten I moved to the outskirts of the city where I tried desperately to fit in with my Anglo peers. In the process I began to disassociate myself from my ethnicity. Everything changed when I took a three month holiday to Europe, spending an extended period of time in the Italian Alps as well as southern France. I returned home a changed person. No longer embarrassed by my heritage I continued to travel back to Europe in order to satiate this hunger for culture.

Sicily

Sicily

Me and Tony

Me and Tony
My intrigue with Italian culture escalated to new heights when I met my husband Tony Monaco, radio broadcaster and personality at Z103.5FM Toronto. Although born and raised in Toronto his values echo that of Calabrian tradition. Our backgrounds, Alpine and Mediterranean, are so different and I am amazed that our families originate from the same country.

Although The Italianista was born of my passion for culture, I also value community and service. Through
RO on the GO I will do what I can to assist those working tirelessly at making a difference in the community and beyond.


*Romina's work is published in Panoram Italia Magazine (community events column), Fredi Magazine and Snapd Vaughan East, Snapd Caledon and Snapd Caledon ("Get the Dish" culinary column). She is Media & Communications Director of the Vaughan Film Festival as well as a member of the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA) Ladies' Auxiliary, Vaughan Chamber of Commerce and the Famee Furlane Club - Toronto District. Organizations she supports are the Caritas Foundation, Hospice Vaughan as well as The Italian Heritage Foundation. The Italianista website has also been featured in Tandem - Corriere Canadese.
Contact - theitalianista@yahoo.ca

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Philip Bailey of Earth Wind & Fire

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Dina Pugliese (BT Toronto) and actor Michael Madsen

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Commander Chris Hadfield

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Kim Coates of "Sons of Anarchy"

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Vaughan Film Fest with Rick Campanelli of ET Canada

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Jennifer Valentyne of Breakfast Television Toronto

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2014 Team Vaughan comes 1st at Relay for Life!

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Romina Monaco

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Image courtesty Butterfly Studios/Coppola Films

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Rick Campanelli of ET Canada
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Comedian Frank Spadone

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Italian Ambassador to Canada Gian Lorenzo Cornado

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Ro on the Go!
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