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Pirandello Awards Celebrate Boston’s Best and Brightest

The Pirandello Lyceum held its 28th annual I Migliori in Mens et Gesta awards gala at Boston’s Harborside Hotel on April 6.

Recognizing several outstanding Americans of Italian descent, the event also raised money to fund a number of $1,500 scholarships to college-bound students.

Pirandello Lyceum Boston I Migliori Awards

From left to right: Salvatore Lupoli, Frank Zarba, Franco Vitiello, Sabato D’Agostino, Marilyn Petitto Devaney, Frank Pasciuto, and James Di Stefano.

This year’s awardees included jazz musician and educator Sabato “Tino” D’Agostino, who is also instrumental director at Arlington High School and founder of the Musica Vesuviana festival in Salerno; Governor’s Councilor Marilyn Petitto Devaney, the first Italian-American woman elected to the position and a former Watertown Councilor-at-large; real estate investor Frank Pasciuto, who among other things is a former chairman of the board of the Don Orione Society and former Lions Club President of Somerville; business entrepreneur and founder of Sal’s Pizza, Salvatore’s Restaurants and Riverwalk Properties Salvatore Lupoli; musician and vocalist Frank Zarba, who recently won first place in the “50 e più Italia … in Canto” category at the Teatro Mediterraneo in Naples; and current Massachusetts Sons of Italy President James Di Stefano, who came to the United States from Abruzzo in 1949 at the age of 3, and who has been involved with the Order since 1968.

The President’s Award was given to architect Franco Vitiello, who recently received the title of “Commendatore” from Giorgio Napolitano, president of the Republic of Italy.

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