During this difficult time, many restaurants have stepped up to feed our heroes the frontline workers. One of Downtown’s team favorite Chefs, Raffaele Ronca, is providing food 2-3 times a week to healthcare workers as well as local first responders. He has been donating meals to White Plains Hospital and also to Rye Fire Department and Rye Police Department.
At the beginning, Raffaele and his team weren’t receiving any donations, so every meal would come from their own pocket. But as word spread around the community, some people started to help with monetary donations to fund the effort. Several of their vendors also offered to provide assistance.
“Providing food for the frontline workers makes us feel that we are doing something good for the heroes who are risking their lives to save lives. We are giving them a warm meal in hopes they can keep doing what they do”, says the Chef.
Raffaele owns two restaurants that deliver authentic Neapolitan flavors to New York: Rafele, in West Village and Rafele Rye, in Westchester County. The second one has been open for delivery and takeout since the beginning of the pandemic and the West Village unit will be open tomorrow, June 2nd.
Everyone in the restaurant business has been struggling with limited availability of ingredients, so Chef Raffaele has been trying to adjust the menus of the two restaurants to serve their loyal clients, making sure they follow all COVID guidelines.