The job saved his life -- then the coronavirus left him unemployed

Saadi Davis started out washing dishes. The restaurant gig he landed was better than selling drugs, better than 22 years he spent hustling, taking his place at one time as a gang leader.In a few months, he moved to food prep, dicing vegetables and potatoes at Scala Del Nonna, a popular Italian food spot in Montclair. After he mastered soups and salads, Davis learned to cook a number of dishes -- chicken scarpariello with sausage, zucchini and potatoes or gamberi arrabbiata, a shrimp meal served with broccoli raab.“This job saved me,’’ said Davis, a Newark resident.And if it weren’t for the cor...


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