NAPLES, ITALY - 18 JUNE 2019: Simone (left) serves a customer at Sfizzicariello, a social delicatessen in Naples, Italy, on June 18th 2019.
Sfizzicariello (a Neapolitan word that in Italian means small whim, desire) is a social delicatessen that prepares traditional Neapolitan dishes and employs 10 people with mental distress. But the only two true madmen (in the sense of dreamers, idealists) are the two promoters of the project: Lina Chiariello (65) and her son Carlo Varriale (35).
Lina was a hairdresser, with the dream of improving the world and helping the last. In 2005, she thought that a social enterprise could be set up, one that in some way tried to reintegrate a group of poor people into society. But above all, she wanted people with mental distress not to be hidden, but to work with her in a real store with doors on the street.
So Lina asked her son Carlo, an engineer, to help her establish a social cooperative. "You think of bureaucratic paperwork, I'll do the good things”, she said.
For the past 14 years Carlo has been the president of the social cooperative. Lina is the cook and also the instructor of the staff by teach how to prepare the dishes and how to organize the work.
Sfizzicariello is a place where social inclusion is made; but above all it is a place where good, genuine, Neapolitan specialties are eaten. Today it is economically self-sufficient, without any kind of public contribution.