Aurora Cerrato says it took all of one day for the AOC effect to take hold at her restaurant in Little Italy in the Bronx.
When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – the New York congresswoman, progressive rising star in the Democratic party and local Bronx celebrity – tweeted about her visit to MangiPasta earlier this month, Cerrato saw an almost immediate uptick in visitors.
“They were like ‘you know why I’m here?’ I’m like ‘no’. Even take out, they’re like ‘I want to try your food because Ocasio-Cortez mentioned you, said you have quality food,’” says Cerrato, 33.
The restaurant, which specialises in homemade pasta, was one of four Bronx establishments recommended by Ocasio-Cortez, 29, after she was asked for tips of local food spots in her home borough on Twitter – describing MangiPasta as “SUPER fresh, handmade Italian, family owned”.