During these unprecedented times, New Yorkers are stepping up. As a way of giving back, especially to those hard at work on the front lines during the covid-19 pandemic, celebrity chef Donatella Arpaia owner of Prova Pizzabar restaurants in NYC, will be donating 200 pizza pies.
“We have been closed since mid-March but me and my managers wanted to find a way to give back, so I asked them if they felt comfortable going in and making pizzas right now and they whole-heartedly agreed and wanted to do this,” Arpaia said. “Hopefully they will provide a little moment of reprieve and just the knowledge that we care and appreciate all that they are doing.”
The Iron Chef America judge teamed up with her partners at Galbani Cheese to deliver her famous pies to The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and police precincts around the city. The locations are near and dear to Arpaia’s heart. Her husband is a heart surgeon who has spent his career at Columbia Presbyterian and Mount Sinai, which are some of the hospitals that have been hardest hit with covid-19. Her first restaurant,Bellini, opened on 52nd street 20 years ago, and was frequented by Police Commissioner Safir.
“ I always make it a point wherever I open my restaurants to support the local precinct,” she said. “We know many people that have been severely impacted by covid-19 and we wanted to help. We are New Yorkers. We are tough, we are resilient and we care. We will get through this.”
If you are looking for a fun, fast dinner, click here to find Arpaia’s recipe for making her signature pizza at home.