All-Big Ten recipient as a freshman in 2008
Q. What do you miss most about your hometown?
A. I miss my family and my best friends.
Q. Besides you, who is the most famous person from your hometown?
A. I think Rome has more than one famous person. Let’s start with the Pope!
Q. How often do you get home?
A. I come back home every summer and for Christmas.
Q. What do people ask you most about your hometown?
A. People usually ask me if Rome is really as beautiful as the pictures they see.
Q. What's the biggest difference between your hometown and Columbus?
A. It is hard to answer this question in a single sentence. Probably the weather difference is what I feel more. In Rome the weather is more consistent and not so cold.
Q. How would you describe your hometown?
A. One of the most ancient cities in the world. When you go around in Rome you can feel the weight of the history. Moreover it is a universal city because Vatican City is right in the core of Rome.
Q. How long has your family lived in your hometown?
A. My family has been living in Rome since they were born.
Q. What sport/activity is the most popular in your hometown?
A. For sure soccer, as in the rest of Italy. The importance of soccer in Italy is like the importance of football in the United States.
Q. What do visitors to your hometown need to see/do?
A. They should definitely go visit St. Peter and all the Roman monuments. They should also visit every kind of restaurant in Rome, because its food is one of the best in Italy. They will become very content.
Q. Is there is local food your hometown is known for?
A. If visitors want to try the real rustic and tasty Roman food, and also at the right price, they should go near Rome. The town is called Ariccia where they are famous for the special Porchetta (pork meat).
Q. Your favorite place in your hometown?
A. My favorite place is the rowing club, where I have all my friends and where I perform my passion: rowing.