My name’s Nick Piacente. I was born in Genoa, Italy, and lived in Italy for the first 17 years of my life, until I came to the USA to study at university in New Jersey. I have lived here ever since, because I was very lucky to get a job immediately out of school. I work for an investment firm that helps clients find places to put their money that supports their social values, like Fair Trade companies or companies that make renewable energy technology. I work in Hoboken most of the week and then come back to my beach house in Rumson. I like my job, but I am doing it mostly for the money. In a few years, I want to have enough for opening a pizza place like my grandfather Luigi’s! I am writing this blog to share with my family back home, but I also hope you will find it interesting! Ciao!