Vic Rallo is a man of many passions.
An alumni of Seton Hall University School of Law, the 1989 graduate is now a restaurant owner, host of his own television show and author.
Upon graduation, Rallo chose to enter the restaurant industry due to his love for food. In addition to owning three restaurants in New Jersey, he is the host of “Eat! Drink! Italy!,” a program he started so that viewers could get a culinary feel for the country.
Rallo said he loves what he does and would not change a thing.
“The restaurant business is a tough business with crazy hours, but it has worked for me,” he said.
While his restaurant business is not directly related to law, it does not mean that Rallo has abandoned what he learned in law school.
“A law education is always useful. It helps you with every business decision you make. I always think that I have a leg up because of my education,” Rallo said.
Rallo added that law school taught him to pay attention to details, which helps him in all aspects of life, including writing. Rallo is the author of 21 Wines and Napoleon Wasn’t Exiled: A Wine and Travel Journal.
Even though he now walks a different path from the one he sought at Seton Hall Law, Rallo said he still values his education.
“Seton Hall University is something that no one can ever take away from me. That is what is so unbelievable about education, it is with you forever.”
As Rallo reflected on his Seton Hall days, he remembered what it was like to be a student chasing his dreams. He offered some words of encouragement for a new generation of Pirates.
“Please make sure your dreams are realistic. I am proof that you can do whatever you put your mind to,” Rallo said. “Many people can’t focus on one thing for long enough to perfect it, or to see the fruits of their labor.
“Stay focused, laser-sharp, and pursue your dreams. Everything in life is achievable; the question is how hard are you willing to work.”
Valerie Qie Wen Ong can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.