Remarks lead to a pasta boycott [Times Union, Albany, N.Y.]
(Times Union (Albany, NY) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 04--COLONIE -- Marrello Restaurants & Catering, which operates four restaurants locally, including Bellini's Italian Eatery, has stopped serving Barilla pasta products as a result of remarks made by the company chairman last week that were perceived as anti-gay.
Stacey Warrings, marketing director for Latham-based Marrello, said the restaurant group had previously agreed to a pasta promotion with Barilla that would have given a year's worth of free pasta to one winner from each of Marello's four restaurants: Bellini's in Clifton Park and Slingerlands, J&A Prep Kitchen in Crossgates Mall in Guilderland and Jacob & Anthony's American Grille in Saratoga Springs. The promotion included signs from Barilla noting that the restaurants "proudly" served Barilla products.
Barilla's leader, Guido Barilla, said last week that the company would never feature a gay family in its ads and that, while he is in favor of gay marriage, he opposes adoptions by gay couples. Gay advocates launched a boycott of Barilla products.
After Marrello management became aware of the remarks, the restaurant group ended the Barilla promotion, removed the signs and stopped serving the company's pasta, Warrings said.
"The Marrello restaurants have no affiliations with Barilla and are not in support of recent comments made by their company," she said.
The company has since issued an apology for its chairman's remarks, although it didn't say whether it would include gay couples in future advertising.
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