Maria's Italian Kitchen is hosting a week-long fundraiser in the wake of the destructive hurricane. The company's owners, the Alfano family, originally hail from Hoboken, N.J., a community hard-hit by the storm.
“Italians show their love through food – and this is how we're showing our love for New Jersey and everyone affected by the hurricane,” said Madelyn Alfano, owner and president of Maria's. "Our family has strong ties to Hoboken, so we wanted to do whatever we could to make a difference there."
The fundraiser started Nov. 2 and will continue through the end of the week at all 10 of the company's Los Angeles-area locations. Patrons can order two popular dishes, Pasta Marinara or Pasta with Meat Sauce, and the entirety of the proceeds will directly benefit the Hoboken New Jersey Disaster Relief fund. The fundraising goal is $25,000.
Maria's Italian Kitchen has some experience in disaster relief – during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the restaurant took time to feed residents displaced by the disaster, despite losing two locations to the temblor and resulting fires.
Maria and Madelyn Alfano have also made a video to describe the fundraiser and to show their support of the Hoboken community: