As losses from the devastating earthquake in central Italy on Aug. 24 continue to mount, numerous Italian restaurants around the world are supporting a culinary fundraising effort started by food blogger Paolo Campana.
The small town of Amatrice, where the death toll has reached 260 with people still missing, is internationally famous for a special pasta dish named after the town, bucatini amatriciana. The dish is spaghetti served with a tomato-based sauce flavored with a type of bacon made of cured pork cheek.
Mr. Campana reasoned that restaurants could donate a portion of sales from this dish to earthquake relief.
Roberto Rossi, owner of Veneto Trattoria in Scottsdale’s Hilton Village and a native of Italy, embraced the idea, according to a press release.
“Our chef as well as many of our wait staff are from Italy and although no one here has family in the earthquake zone, we all want to help,” he said in a prepared statement.
“Bucatini amatriciana is not on our regular menu but we are serving the flavorful pasta dish as one of our daily specials through the month of September. We are donating $3.00 from every dish served during this time to the Italian Red Cross for earthquake relief work.”
When the earthquake hit Amatrice during the night last Wednesday, the village of less than 1,200 residents was hosting numerous visitors preparing to celebrate the town’s 50th annual food festival honoring their signature pasta dish, the release states.
Veneto Trattoria opened in 1997 in Scottsdale’s Hilton Village, 6045 N. Scottsdale Road. Go to VenetoTrattoria.com.
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