Detroit's Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina Goes Red This June

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Italian restaurant invites guests to eat and drink red to save lives and #86AIDS through dining specials.

Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina (, a causal Italian dining concept with three locations in southeast Michigan, is joining renowned chef Mario Batali in a nationwide fundraising effort to fight AIDS.

The EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES campaign involves hundreds of restaurants, bars, and food trucks around the United States. Each participating business will donate proceeds from a dedicated “red” themed food and beverage menu to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. The Bigalora menu will direct diners to red-themed pastas, pizzas, and gelatos that will contribute to the effort.

Bigalora founder and chef Luciano Del Signore will select menu items at all three Bigalora locations: Southfield, Royal Oak, and the new Ann Arbor store. “I think it’s important to help raise awareness in our community that AIDS and HIV are still a very real threat to many, many people,” Del Signore said. “I join my good friend Mario Batali in this fight.”

Adds Michael Chetcuti, business partner to the chef in all three Bigalora locations: “AIDS is no longer on the front pages as much, but that doesn’t mean it is not still destroying lives in metro Detroit, across the country, and beyond. The fight against AIDS must continue and we urge our customers to come to the restaurants and support this cause.”

The RED campaign takes place this June 1-10 and is being promoted through social media as #86AIDS. In restaurant terminology, “86” means that a menu item is no longer available.

“It’s a great time for everyone to help eradicate HIV in our lifetime,” said chef Batali. “Join me and support your favorite local restaurant’s efforts to provide extremely effective medication by eating and drinking RED June 1st to the 10th.” To hear Mario Batali’s video appeal and for more information, please visit the campaign’s website at

About Bigalora
Bigalora is open for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Information on locations and times can be made by visiting Guests can also make reservations for parties of 8 or more by calling any location’s phone number listed on the main website. To learn more, follow by Bigalora on Facebook ( and Twitter (

About RED
(RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS.

(RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands who contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED) branded goods and services to the Global Fund. (RED) Proud Partners include: Apple, Starbucks, The Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, Beats by Dr. Dre, Belvedere, Claro, SAP, Telcel and Live Nation Entertainment. (RED) Special Edition partners include: Jonathan Adler, Theory, HEAD, Kidrobot, Mophie, FEED, Sir Richard's Condom Company, Shazam, Square, Girl Skateboards, Nanda Home, Bottletop, Fatboy USA and Bed Bath & Beyond.

To date, (RED) has generated more than $250 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 40 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

(RED) is a division of The ONE Campaign.

Learn more at


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