WHY: Celebrity chef with highly-rated restaurant and a heart of gold: known for feeding thousands of at-risk kids pasta via Caterina’s Club charity. Overcame fire two years ago that nearly destroyed restaurant.
RECENT: Among first to announce he was open for dine-in business in May after government OK. “I am the only restaurant that has 12 private rooms,” Serato said during tour of his restaurant to see mandated changes. “I am also lucky to have an amazing property.”
QUOTABLE: Upped charitable work during pandemic. “I never missed a day after 9/11, after the recession, after the fire. We used to feed 5,000 kids a day and cook 1,000 pounds of pasta a week. Then it jumped due to coronavirus.”