The actor known as Uncle Junior on television series “The Sopranos”, Dominic Chianese, is the newest Big Apple Greeter supporter.
After participating in the July 15 press launch of Greeter for a Day, a new program matching well-known New Yorkers with visitors from around the globe who want to experience the city through the eyes of those who know it best, the Bronx-born actor hosted a Greet for Nancy Sexton and daughter Kate, two visitors from Lexington, South Carolina.
The Greet began with a subway ride to Arthur Avenue, the Little Italy of the Bronx. After a stroll through the neighborhood, the group had a pizza and red wine lunch at Mario’s Restaurant, a local eatery featuring Neopolitan cuisine.
Afterwards, Chianese took the visitors by the building where he was born and then onto the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, an authentic Italian marketplace featuring vendors offering a profusion of food and produce. The women sampled aged Parmesan cheese while Chianese sang a brief Aria.
“I can’t tell you how much it has meant to us to be here with him and to appreciate this community for what it is,” said visitor Nancy Sexton.