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Thanksgiving at Don Giovanni (Video)

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For the last 23 years, Ristorante Don Giovanni owner John Akkaya has served free meals on Thanksgiving Day to anyone who walks in the door of one of his restaurants.

In Mountain View, were he's hosted the dinner since 1997, all of the restaurants workers volunteers their time as do students from St. Francis High School, who bring to diners of all economic status a meal of mash potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, stuffing and turkey

Akkaya told Patch that for the 2012 event they cooked up 126 turkeys to feed the nearly 1,500 people who dine there each year.

As patrons walked out, they directed many 'Thank you's' and 'God bless you' directed at Akkaya, who also posed for many photographs.

Have you eaten there before? What do you think for what Akkaya does? Of the volunteers? Of the food? Tell us in comments.

Ellen Wheeler November 23, 2012 at 05:21 PM
This is a wonderful holiday tradition for the city of Mountain View! Thank you, John Akkaya, for your generosity and great heart.
Brian Johnson November 25, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Dear Patch, please correct this article and remember to write accurate and precise articles in the future. This is a great event but the restaurant has only been in business since the late 1990s. So how could it be a tradition for 23 years?
Claudia Cruz November 26, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Point taken Brian. It's the 23rd year that Mr. Akkaya has hosted a free Thanksgiving Day dinner. It's taken place for 15 years in Mountain View and the first eight were at his other restaurant in Cafe Figaro in Burlingame. The MV restaurant opened since 1997.

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