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Mantegna & Nuschese

“I’ve got a wooden spoon anytime for you pal,” actor Joe Mantegna told fellow actor Tony Lo Bianco who presented Mantegna with the Saint Pio Award at a ceremony at the Naval Heritage Center. Lo Bianco had just disclosed Mantegna’s traveling accessories that always includes a collection of wooden spoons for making pasta sauce. The evening also honored Franco Nuschese, proprietor of Cafe Milano in Georgetown, for his outstanding contribution to the Catholic Church.

Both received an original oil painting created in a unique design illustrating Saint Pio and the recipient. Special guests included The Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, USA; H.E. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport (CT); and Singer/Actor Franc d’Ambrosia, all of whom celebrated the spiritual charisma of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, universally acclaimed saint of the Catholic Church.