Maria Cioni was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She received her doctorate in sixteenth century British social-legal history from Cambridge University. Her thesis, which focused on women, was published and she also contributed chapters to anthologies in this field. In 2001, while listening to a radio broadcast on immigrant children, Maria had an epiphany: she too had lived an immigrant life as a first-generation Canadian. Soon thereafter, she began research on her Italian immigrant father’s life and the fulfilment of his culinary dream–to open an Italian restaurant, the first in Calgary, in March1949. Spaghetti Western: How my Father Brought Spaghetti to the West, published in 2006, focuses on culture, cuisine, Calgary and the Italian community there (1926-1958). In addition to writing, Maria has had a successful career in government, teaches online courses in international education; as well as, teaching Communication at the University of Toronto. Maria is a founding member and current Secretary of The Italian-Canadian Archives Project (ICAP) established in 2009.