I am first generation California born. My parents are from the gorgeous shores of Lago Maggiore. My mom's family was originally from Campo San Martino in the Padova province in the Veneto, and my father's family from Angera in the Varese province of Lombardia. My father played professional soccer in Italy Serie B for Gallarate in the 40's and early 50's. After immigrating to San Francisco in 1955, he owned the Iron Pot Restaurant in the Financial District for many years.