A South Beach restaurant is extending a weekly special to feed hungry residents post-Hurricane Irma.
Macchialina, the tasty Italian restaurant at Eight Street and Alton Road, made a comeback from the huge tropical cyclone on Sept. 14 with its popular Pasta Thursday, a promo that offers $10 pasta all night every Thursday.
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The Thursday after Irma struck was different. The team at Macchialina was surprised by the sheer amount of hungry guests; nearly 200 people and their empty stomachs arrived for Pasta Thursday.
At the time, more than 300,000 Florida Power and Light customers had no electricity in Miami-Dade County. On top of no air conditioning or warm water, that meant a lot of useless stoves and emptied fridges.
Larry Carrino, the president of Italian restaurant’s public relations firm, said the team at Macchialina saw a chance to fill a need. Macchialina could provide a cool refuge and a warm meal — one that for only $10 per person wouldn’t make people feel guilty about abandoning their hurricane food stash.
By Monday afternoon, a remaining 38,780 FPL customers were still inconvenienced by Irma power outages. But even with FPL’s estimated timeline, which promises the restoration of electricity to most of Miami-Dade by Tuesday, many people still won’t have food in their refrigerators.
Guests to Macchialina can take advantage of fresh $10 pasta meals beginning at 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday.