Miss Italian St. Louis 2016 – 2017
Victoria Grassi is a 20 year old University student majoring in Advertising and Marketing, as well as minoring in Italian. Victoria is also a Presidential Scholar, a Student Ambassador, and a member of the women’s volleyball team. Her parents are David and Julie Grassi, and her grandparents were Lawrence “Red” and JoAnn Grassi. Victoria’s ancestors came primarily from Cuggiono, Italy, but some also came from Genoa and Naples as well. She has lived her entire life on The Hill, and loves her family’s weekly tradition of getting fresh bread and salami to eat for lunch every Saturday. Victoria wanted to become Miss Italian because of the pride she feels for her culture and to honor her ancestors that gave up so much to make a better life for her family in moving to America. She plans to study abroad in Florence, Italy next year and would love to someday work for an Italian company. Victoria is honored to represent the Italian American culture that she loves so much as Miss Italian St. Louis 2016 -17.