As aftershocks on Oct. 26 again rocked the area of central Italy hit by a devastating earthquake in late August, the fundraising efforts of Scottsdale Veneto Trattoria prove even more beneficial.
Veneto joined numerous Italian restaurants around the world in supporting a culinary fundraising effort based on a special pasta dish named after the little village of Amatrice was nearly destroyed by the earthquake, according to a press release.
Veneto added the pasta dish, bucatini amatriciana, spaghetti in a tomato-based sauce flavored with a type of bacon made of cured pork cheek, as a menu special and committed $3 from every dish served during the month of September to the global fundraiser.
Shortly after launching the effort, Italian native, Robert Rossi, owner of Veneto Trattoria in Scottsdale’s Hilton Village, was approached by an Italian winery offering additional support.
“Caldora winery is one of the largest cooperative wineries in the Abruzzo regio,” said Mr. Rossi in the release. “With their support, we committed an additional $2 per glass and $5 per bottle of Caldora Montepulciano wine that we served during this time to the Italian Red Cross for earthquake relief work.”
Veneto Trattoria customers more than embraced this delicious idea. Diners enjoyed 129 dishes of bucatini amatriciana, 114 glasses of 52 bottles of Caldora Montepulciano. In addition, the restaurant’s generous customers donated $1,025 in cash to the effort, resulting in a total donation of $1,900.
This contribution, by coincidence, was made to Italian Red Cross on the day of the second earthquake lending additional importance to urgency for support of the region.
While the village of Amatrice was spared additional damage in the aftershock, the damage to the home of bucatini amatriciana, which traces to the 1700s, is so great that rebuilding in the village remains in question.
Most residents are still displaced from their homes in what was described as one of the most beautiful towns in all of Italy, the release stated.
Susan and Roberto Rossi, founded Veneto Trattoria in 1997. For more information visit VenetoTrattoria.com.
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