A reception was held on Thurs., Oct. 4, at Brooklyn Borough Hall to pay tribute to Brooklyn’s brightest Italian Americans, including the owner of Italian restaurant Noodle Pudding, Carlo A. Scissura, the president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Markowtiz’s former chief of staff; and Elena Solitario, president and founder of Pilo Arts Day Spa & Salon; as well as the School Settlement Association board of directors.
For 2012, the event focused on celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the life of Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer known for his geographical contributions to society.
“I’m proud of all the great Italian Americans who represent the very best of Brooklyn,” Markowitz said, mentioning some of the famous Italian Americans who graced the borough.
Tony Danza, a celebrity of Brooklyn famous for his role as a cab driver and part-time boxer in the hit television show Taxi and Who’s the Boss, reminisced about his early years in the neighborhood growing up in an Italian family. “There’s nothing like growing up in Brooklyn,” Danza said.
A representative of Natalia Quintavalle, the Counsul General of Italy in New York, also discussed the importance of Italian American’s contributions to the country from an economic and cultural perspective.
Ending the ceremony and preparing for a fabulous Italian feast, one thing was clear: “America would not be as successful, talented or delicious without Italian Americans,” Markowitz said.