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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:30 am

When the Alliance for Positive Change was seeking restaurants for Dining Out for Life, a citywide fundraiser to assist AIDS patients, Domenico and Anthony Sacramone, owners of the Sac’s Place Italian restaurants in Astoria and Jackson Heights, were just looking to lend a hand.

“Someone from Jackson Heights asked us to help out last year,” Domenico Sacramone said in a telephone interview last week. “We thought it could be good for us, good for the community and let us meet some new people.”

The Alliance was looking to send participating diners to restaurants in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn where the owners agreed to donate a percentage of the profits on a specific day.

“We did it in our Jackson Heights restaurant,” Sacramone said. “It went so well that this year we’re expanding it to our Astoria restaurant as well.”

Thursday, April 25, is the day. The Sac’s Place sites are among 10 restaurants participating in the fundraiser this year, and the only two in Queens.

Ebony Ross, director of development and planning at the Alliance, said she came on board in December 2017. Less than five months later, in April of last year, the Alliance pulled it off, the first organization to do so.

“It’s a beautiful event,” she said. “People can go out and have a good meal, a beverage and also contribute to the Alliance for Change.” Sacramone said participants coming to either Sac’s Place location will have a fine selection of pizza and homemade pasta dishes.

And should the event establish itself as a tradition? The Sacramones have plenty of experience with the concept.

While the Jackson Heights restaurant has been open for about three years, they have been in business in Astoria for 30.

“We make everything ourselves,” Sacramone said, “even when we make our sauce. We don’t use canned tomato paste. We buy our tomatoes from Italy.”

The recipes for their dishes and sauces were handed down by the Sacramones’ grandmother.

“And her mother was born in the 1850s,” Domenico Sacramone said. “So our family recipes could go back 200 years or more.”

More information is available at online at diningoutforlife.com/newyorkcity/.

Dining Out for Life
When: Thurs., April 25
Where: Sac’s Place, 25-41 Broadway, Astoria; 86-14 37 Ave., Jackson Heights
Entry: Variable. (718) 204-5002,
(718) 685-2623; sacsplace.com

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