...Leone, the owner of Italian specialty shops in Point Pleasant Beach and Sea Girt, vowed on Friday to cut ties with the Italy-based company after a two-decade relationship. Leone has a wife, but said he has friends and employees who are homosexual.
So when Barilla’s pasta baron, Guido Barilla, said in a television interview that a same-sex family does not represent his idea of a “classic” family, Leone took umbrage.
“We are a family here at Joe Leone’s,” he said. “I feel that our family is attacked.”
A longtime member on the board of the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Leone said he would donate the remaining 200 pounds of Barilla pasta he had in stock to the food bank and then sever his relationship with Barilla. He spends roughly $40,000 a year importing several types of Barilla pasta, he said. Between his two shops and his catering business, he runs through about 20,000 pounds of pasta from a dozen purveyors, he said.