Like many restaurants in the South Street Seaport, Barbarini Alimentari was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. It remains closed because of damage related to the storm surge, and the owners have not announced a projected reopening date. Eater also hears that there's a chance that Barbarini might not reopen.
Barbarini is owned and operated by two married couples — Claudio and Linda Marini, and Adriana and Stefano Barbagallo. The Marinis and the Barbagallos set up separate fundraising accounts to help rebuild Barbarini, but the couples will most likely have to take out large loans if they want to get the doors open once again.
Over the weekend, Adriana Barbagallo told Eater, "there isn't Barbarini without the complete team." She also noted: "We haven't decided what to do yet, because we have been waiting for a lot of answers. Barbarini's future is uncertain, for now." Hopefully, the Barbagallos and the Marinis can find the resources to get this place back on its feet.
· All Coverage of Barbarini Alimentari [~ENY~]
· All Coverage of Hurricane Sandy [~ENY~]
· Da Claudio, Life after Sandy [Go Fund Me]
· DONAGALLO [Small Knot]
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