Bio

It all began in the early Seventies, in Palermo, Italy, when I was just  about 5 or 6 years old. My father Salvatore, who was a journalist, would often take me to his workplace, Il Giornale di Sicilia, and we'd stay there until 2 am, waiting for the newspaper to roll out of the printing press.

 

The excitement to know the news before everybody else in town, the deafening sound of the printing works, the smell of the liquified lead flowing through the linotype machines, they all contributed to get that passion inside me early in life.

 

I knew I was going to be a journalist.
 

Fast forward to New York City, where I moved in 1985 when I was a 20-year old, I worked as a reporter and editor for the Italian daily newspaper Il Progresso. I was also a contributing writer from New York for Il Giornale di Sicilia and the news agency Italpress. Then, in 1996, I became the sport editor for America Oggi, the daily Italian newspaper in New York City.

I kept writing for other Italian news outlets, too, such as the weekly Economy, and later I became a senior writer and editor for Panorama, the most sold weekly magazine in Italy.


In 2006, I founded Il Sole d'Italia, a bilingual Italian and Spanish magazine printed in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. In 2010 I was awarded the "Premio Italia-Mexico".


In 2015 I joined again America Oggi; I was in charge of the front page. Unfortunately, the newspaper suspended publication in February 2022 due to the Covid crisis.

 
 
 
 

Passion
for
sports,
and
much more

I'm a US certified soccer coach because "il calcio" is in my DNA. Before moving to the US and becoming a journalist, I played for many years in Italy for Palermo's youth. My coach was Zdenek Zeman, who then became the iconic manager of Roma, Lazio, and many other Serie A teams. I owe Mister Zeman so much, and his teachings are always present whenever I write about soccer - and when I coach soccer.

 

I also like to keep in shape with powerlifting and martial arts. Throughout the years I trained Judo, Tae-kwon-do and other combat sports. As the ancient Romans said... Mens sana in corpore sano!

I have many other interests and creative pursuits in life. I love playing chess and wind instruments (baroque recorder, sax, ewi), I'm fascinated by crypto and artificial intelligence, I enjoy reading philosophy and mastering new skills. Life is unlimited - but not our lifetime - so let's keep learning as much as possible!