Antropology Essay

1375 words - 6 pages

La Bella Mariella is a pizzeria located in Queens, New York. It is owned by Italian Immigrant Victor Cuomo. Victor moved to America from Sicily in 2007. Upon coming to America the first thing he did was open a pizzeria. He used money he had from working in Italy. He opened the pizzeria in the summer of 2008.
Victor came from a small town in Sicily called Santa Margherita, about a half an hour away from Palermo. It Italy he worked as a bus driver, taking people from the nearby towns to the city. He said he made the trip about five times a day making little money. He knew he wanted to come to America since he was little and began saving his money. He would do extra jobs on the side to make as ...view middle of the document...

Victor enjoys hiring people who have recently immigrated to America. He feels that if he can help these people get their first job they could become more successful in their new lives. He does not discriminate who he hires to work the pizzeria. He requires them to apply for citizenship as soon as they are working for him. He says he makes sure they have some financial stability and then they must become citizens. He keeps workers for as long as they want to stay and he always offering to help them more. Upon opening the pizzeria he has bought two more apartment buildings in Ridgewood, Queens. Most of workers live in the apartment buildings there. He offers them a lower rent for the first year until they become more stable in their finical situation.
One worker I talked to is named Felix Santana. He is a 26 year old immigrant from Puerto Rico. He arrived in America in 2008. He went to La Bella Mariella looking for a job as a delivery boy. Victor hired and he began delivering pizzas immediately and also moved in to one of the apartments located above the pizzeria. He worked very hard for the next year and a half, then got his U.S. citizenship. Upon working hard and getting his citizenship Victor promoted him to manage of the pizzeria. Felix said he is grateful that Victor has helped him out so much. Felix also collects rents form the other apartment buildings for Victor as a second job. Now Victor talks with Felix about becoming partners in opening a second pizzeria.

Another worker I talked to was Oscar “Cheepen” is an immigrant from Honduras. Victor says he puts in the most work at the pizzeria. He left his family back in Honduras and is always ending his money back. He has been working for Victor just over six month. He lives in one of Victor’s apartments, rent free. Victor heard his story and really fell for. Oscar lost his arm working in a Mine when he was a teenager. He said it was crushed one day while working and the mines and the shaft collapsed. In Honduras nobody would hire him because he was “bad luck.” So to provide for his family he came to New York looking for work. He first worked in a deli, then as a helper for a Pepsi delivery truck. After that he met Felix, who introduced him to Victor. Victor heard his story and gave him a job in the kitchen and offered him a free apartment for a year. Cheepen said he is very grateful for Victor and has been sending money back to Honduras. Cheepen has applied for citizenship and is hoping to bring the rest of his family to New York within the next two years.
A costumer I talked to was and 84 year old Italian man from Naples, Italy. He said he had been in America for 57...

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