TORONTO - Pretty good for a first open house at the Italian Consulate General on Beverly Street. The occasion, of course, was the celebration of the Italy’s Giorno della Repubblica.
There was a good-sized crowd of well over 100 guests, all greeted personally by Consul General Eugenio Sgrò at the entrance. He was deferential as befits a hosting of this type; there were representatives from the Diplomatic corps of several countries as well as executives of several community organizations.
It was tastefully done. Light hors d’oeuvres, good wine, some pastries great background music provided by and stirring national anthems from tenor Enrique Pina – in short, a classic Italian event.
Speeches were at an absolute minimum and to the point: a salute to Italy and the values embedded in, and embodied by, the Constitution; the relevance of the “Italian system” and the importance of language, delivered by the Consul General himself.
There were several elected members of the Provincial Parliament, also in attendance, notably Stephen Lecce, Rudy Cuzzetto, Robyn Martin and Gurratan Singh.
Francesca La Marca from the Italian Chambre of Deputies also provided comments.