Community rallying around Federal Hill restaurant owner in hospital with Covid-19

A restaurant owner on Federal Hill is currently in the hospital battling Covid-19.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A restaurant owner on Federal Hill is currently in the hospital battling Covid-19.

Now the community is rallying around him and his family to help them weather the storm, as owner of Bacco, Armando Bisceglia, is fighting the disease on a ventilator.

“He’s done everything he can for the community, for his customers, his friends, he’s been incredibly charitable in the last year,” said Rick Simone of the Federal Hill Commerce Association. “And now he himself is going through a really challenging time.”

Bisceglia is also a father and husband.

He opened the restaurant last year be just before restaurants had to shut down.

“In the last year, we’ve all come together in so many ways. And everyone up here right now is praying for him,” said Simone.

That includes Bisceglia’s former coworker, Manager at Trattoria Zooma, Dino DiFante.

“We come both from Italy, and we share passion for our country, passion for Italian food, passion for Federal Hill,” said DiFante.

Prior to opening Bacco, Bisceglia worked at Trattoria Zooma, and continues to be a staple of Federal Hill known for his community service.

“Something that really touches you when you see somebody so passionate going through so much pain,” said DiFante.

Some of Bacco’s most loyal customers showed up Friday night to support Bisceglia and his family, but they said his presence was sorely missed.

“Having Armando and his family here, and his coworkers – that’s the reason we come back,” said customer Jeffrey Diaz. “He’s always laughing, joking around. He treats you like family!”

A GoFundMe for Bisceglia has already raised thousands of dollars to help with medical bills.

His friends say they are confident he will get through this.

“I’m very saddened by it but I’m very hopeful because he’s got an incredible zest for living!” said customer Clara Borges.

As of April 21, 2021, Armando Bisceglia is in full recovery mode, and out of the ICU.

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