Giuseppe Consarino’s Limoncello Fresh Italian Kitchen opened last November on Sahara Avenue near Cimmaron Road with an upscale menu of fresh seafood and pasta dishes sprinkled with pizzas and antipasto dishes. Consarino says business was going well until Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered nonessential businesses in Nevada to close. Now he’s focusing on a new project that he hopes will provide meals for more than 12,000 health-care professionals and first responders while keeping his staff employed.
While Limoncello does offer curbside takeout from 5 to 8 p.m. nightly, Consarino’s new Feed the Frontlines project hopes to raise money from the community to create meals for those on the front lines of fighting the coronavirus pandemic in Las Vegas.
“I want to help some of my employees. They have families to feed. I’m trying to keep the business alive,” says Consarino, who hopes to raise $250,000. He notes the program is not a nonprofit and donations are not tax deductible.
Those who want to donate can visit the website and select where the donation, which becomes a meal, while go. Consarino says he needs about $2,000 to make his first donated delivery. Contributors can choose an organization to receive the donated food the next day. A $20 donation buys one meal for a Las Vegas health-care worker or first responder and includes the cost of food, wages, and delivery, while a $5,000 donation feeds 500. Medical professionals can request meals as well.
“I’ve been here 20 years and I love this town,” Consarino says. “It breaks my heart to see the town like this.”