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15 May 2015 8:22 AM | Richard Tucci (Administrator)

The Supportive Pasta of an Italian American Chef

Originally posted on Radio Vaticana, translated by Google Translate

Read the Original Italian Here

Today, we hear the beautiful story of solidarity and food; an Italian chef who emigrated to the United States, who received a major Italian award dedicated to Nobel laureate Eugenio Montale. The goal of his commendable initiative: feed the children of the California suburbs called "motel kids" with a plate of pasta. Federica Baioni met the chef originally from Verona, Bruno Serato:

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R. - First of all, the "motel kids" what are they? They are children who live with their parents in these motel rooms that were in the 50 hotels and have now become the residence of these families also live there six, seven, eight people, and there is also no kitchen, so even if the Mom wanted to eat, she would not have a chance. On 18 April 2005 I came to see my mother from Italy, San Bonifacio, Verona, and we went to an area called "Boys and Girls Club," where disadvantaged children usually go in the afternoon. There was a seven year old boy who was eating the chips and they said it was a "motel kid" and explained to me that very probably would not eat that night for dinner. And the first thing, as good Italian mother, my mother said to me: "But Bruno, because he did not make a plate of pasta?". This week 10 years that we have started and we are now in 1200 plates of pasta a day every day for 10 years. And a few days ago we celebrated the meal number 1 million for these "motel kids". And it's a beautiful finish, not the level of a million, but that level of solidarity I have done something important on behalf of mother Caterina.

D. - Well ... a large number, so much so that international publications have dealt with you, including CNN in the first place: what do you mean, what message would you give to your colleagues Italian chef?

R. - I say that if all the chefs in the world join hands, starting from here, from Italy, we can feed all the children who are hungry. You can not send a child to bed because he has nothing to eat. All together we can make a huge change. As we know there is Milan Expo soon. I believe that saving the Earth and give nutrition to those who need it is the least we can do.

D. - Regarding your arrival in Italy, there is also a prize ...

R. - Yes, this is a wonderful thing and that's why I came to Rome and then immediately giving birth to Sarzana, Liguria, because the prize is called "Out of Home: Sconfinando 2015" Prize laureate Eugenio Montale, cultural level is a wonderful thing, wonderful. So I'm very happy.

D. - The Italian food in the US: you think that Italian food can still give new ideas in the world?

R. - The Italian cuisine in America, is still considered the "number one". Italian food never ceases to grow, and then continues to move forward. But I, at the level of solidarity, I say that Italian food can feed the whole world. If we make a pasta dish all those who hunger We Feed the world. To this I say: we send the paste on top worldwide, to feed all those who need it.

D. - In this week there is much talk of immigration. You're an immigrant too, because years ago you went to Verona for the United States, the new world: how was it for you to embrace a new country, especially as it was the first impression of a country that was not the yours?

R. - My parents were the first to emigrate after World War II went to France. I followed in their footsteps but I went a little 'further away, I went to California. America loves Italy: hugged me and opened my arms; It gave me so much and I - as it should do when it is given, must also give back - I'm giving it to America, to American children a plate of pasta. It is not a thing to miracles, it's so easy ... As for emigration, I say that we Italians are accepted throughout the world: we seek to accept those who come to Italy as an immigrant.

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