NY Area Spartan of the Week: Antonio Ortolani

Posted by admin | July 17, 2011

NY Area Spartan of the Week: Antonio Ortolani 

A few Spartan questions for Antonio Ortolani:

Q: What was your major at MSU and what year did you graduate?
A: BA in History (1994) and somehow also squeezed out a minor in music.

Q: What are you doing now for work?
A: I’m a VP of research and analytics at Weber Shandwick, a global public relations agency headquartered here in NY. Between my BA and an MA in International Relations (U. of Miami), this has been a great career.

Q: Where do you live?
A: Park Slope after many years on the Upper East Side.

Q: Favorite NYC restaurant?
A: Il Buco on Bond Street. My family is from Umbria in Central Italy, and this restaurant really showcases the region’s cuisine and its wines.

Q: What is best part of living in the NY area?
A: As North America has become quite bland through McMansions and big box stores, it’s New York City that feels much more focused on individual neighborhoods, creative energy and real “Main Streets.” I happily grew up in the suburbs but don’t see myself going back.

Q: What is best part of being a Spartan in New York?
A: It’s how I’ve met some of my best friends in 10+ years of living here.

Q: If you could invite 3 people from any time who were associated with Michigan State to dinner who would they be?
A: I’m going to try avoiding sports figures and say director Walter Hill (The Warriors and Southern Comfort), musician Milt Jackson of The Modern Jazz Quartet and a timely choice: Moussa Koussa, the now ex-Libyan Foreign Minister who just defected. He’s got some explaining to do.