Thursday, November 23, 2006

Eat at Portofino in Philly -- Tomorrow

I'll bet that schmuck at Geno's never gave away anything:

Restaurant to open its doors to homeless

"If you have no Thanksgiving meal to go to, no family, no turkey, please, you are welcome to come to my Portofino Restaurant to share our Thanksgiving meal with us," Ralph Berarducci said with an Old-World Italian charm that has survived four decades in Philadelphia.

As he has done so often since opening Portofino 30 years ago on Walnut Street near 12th, Berarducci, 70, is welcoming the poor and the homeless to his elegant eatery for a free Thanksgiving dinner, served from 1 to 6 p.m.

He's expecting 500 to 600 people.

Already, he has quietly invited hundreds of men from the city's Ridge Avenue shelter, the nonresidential men who regularly eat lunch at St. John's Hospice on Race Street near 12th and the poor and homeless who receive services from several Center City churches.

(h/t A Smoke Filled Room)

3 comments:

Blue Wren said...

Now THAT'S holiday spirit. You just gave me a smile and hope to go with our Thanksgiving soup. Thanks for the post, slob.

PA progressive said...

Class tells, doesn't it?

Will Divide said...

The bygone Italian tradition is to offer banquets honoring St. Joseph on his day, March 19, at which the destitute are welcome. This is the first I've heard of it as part of Thanksgiving; a lovely thing