“Truth is, [cancer] is far too prevalent on Staten Island,” says Peter Botros, owner and chef of Violette’s Cellar. It’s a topic with which he and his partners, Phil Farinacci and Marc Zurlo, are quite familiar.
Last year, Peter opened Violette’s Cellar in loving memory of Violette Botros, his mother, who courageously battled cancer for over a decade. Even after a long day of treatment, when she barely had enough energy to walk, Violette would insist on going out to dinner with her husband and two young sons. There was nothing that she enjoyed more than sharing a meal with those she loved, and now her son is sharing that love with others.
But Violette’s death isn’t the only way cancer has affected the lives of these three men. Peter was diagnosed with cancer six years ago when he was 26. Marc’s father, Ralph, is a two-year cancer survivor, and Phil’s mother, Sally, is a 35-year cancer survivor.