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Sopranos Actor Joseph Gannascoli Gives Back to Frontline Workers

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Today I’m speaking with actor and chef Joseph Gannascoli, known for playing Vito in the HBO series The Sopranos.  Joe has been doing his part to give back to the community raising thousands of dollars through his GoFundMe campaign for frontline workers and delivering meals from local restaurants. 

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About Joseph Gannascoli

Joe started out as a chef, working all over the country. He moved from New York to New Orleans and eventually landed a gig cooking at one of the best restaurants in the world, Commander’s Palace.  
After moving back to New York a friend recommended he audition for play and that’s where he got his first taste of acting. He loved it so much he studied acting for a year and half, got out of the restaurant business and wound up in Los Angeles.   In LA, it’s hard to get auditions without an agent but he ended up getting cast as a day player for a movie. 
Benecio del Toro saw Joe and ended up casting him for his movie Submission and introduced him to a few people that did casting for The Sopranos.  Originally cast as Gino the Bakery Customer, Joe was eventually brought back and cast in a recurring role as Vito Spatafore forever changing his career. He reminisces about food on the set and of course how Italians love to eat!  

Helping Frontline Workers & Restaurants

Joe has a big appetite and a big heart that clearly is shining through now that the world needs help. His sister-in-law works in labor delivery at Mt Sinai in South Nassau and his niece works at a hospital in The Bronx and was diagnosed as having Covid-19. After hearing his families stories about what they are going through he wanted to help.  
Many restaurants in his neighborhood were closed or closing temporarily and he wanted to figure out a way to help both frontline workers and restaurants. His original goal was $1000 and he has crushed it long ago.  
At the time of this post Joe has raised almost $27k and wants to raise $50k. He’s bought food and gift certificates from Vincent’s Clam Bar,  Villa Maria Pizza, La Famiglia ( plainview ), Vincent’s Pizza Lynbrook and many more.  The food was delivered 10x to Mt Sinai South Nassau, 3x to Jacobi hospital (Bronx ), 4x to Winthrop hospital, local police departments, the post office, nursing homes and even his UPS driver.
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