If throughout Italy, there are those who reacted to the coronavirus emergency by closing their restaurant even before the government decrees dictated it and later starting with delivery services (the only activity currently allowed), the situation is completely different in Campania.
In this Southern Italian region, the home delivery of cooked food is prohibited according to the provisions of the Governor of the Vincenzo De Luca Region. Pizzerias, trattorias and restaurants are increasingly suffering and, now, more than 400 businesses have subscribed to the #IoVoglioRipartire (I want to re-open) appeal.
"In the first phase of the emergency, we all agreed with this general closure, but there was talk of 15-20 days. At that moment it seemed like the right thing to do. Now, however, a month and a half has passed: why can't we have the possibility to do a delivery service safely, as is the case in other regions and in the rest of the world?", asks Massimo Di Porzio, owner of the Umberto Pizzeria Restaurant, president of Fipe - Public Exercises Federation of Campania.
"In Campania only supermarkets, grocery stores such as fishmongers and delicatessens and bakeries, which make pizzas by the slice, are allowed to open and offer home delivery at the moment. In this way distortions and disparities have been created on the market. A little confusion has arisen and we hope that for the future a national protocol will be followed that is the same for everyone, "explains Di Porzio.
#IoVoglioRipartire: the social campaign launched by the great pizza chefs
How was the #IoVoglioRipartire campaign born? "We launched this hashtag on social networks, which more than 400 businesses joined immediately, but the number of memberships is constantly growing: people have spontaneously aggregated," says Di Porzio. Among the first to sign the appeal, were well-known names from the Neapolitan and regional gastronomic scene.
“We created a group with Gino Sorbillo, Alessandro Condurro from the Da Michele pizzeria, Ciro Salvo from 50 Kalò, Paolo Surace and Franco Pepe from Pepe in Grani: the six of us felt we had to do something, not so much and not only for our companies, but also to give a voice to small entrepreneurs who did not feel represented, "he continues.
"For example, delivery is of no use to me: in Caiazzo, where my pizzeria is located, there is no reason to exist, because it is a small town. I'm joining the campaign to help others, the majority of colleagues - especially those in the city - need a tool to continue living and I can't help but support them," says Franco Pepe.
A campaign that turns the spotlight to a question of opportunity, as Di Porzio points out. "We want to have the same opportunities as the other regions, we see it as a first step towards the so-called 'phase 2': with the companies closed for over a month, it's not like the machine can be started overnight. It takes time, it takes protocols to work in safety, but we don't have to completely upset our activities: the premises open to the public were already subject to controls by the authorities, we have to equip ourselves with individual safety devices such as masks and gloves, of course ".