Today’s blog post doesn’t cover Venice but is about a little town in central Italy, located 323 km to the south. Amatrice is a little culinary capital, not just for their pasta dish that became world-renowned. It is also one of the three towns hit by a bout of earthquakes in the early morning of 24 August 2016.

Italy is the most wonderful country, but we’ve got a terrible natural enemy in agguato – earthquakes that are devastating sometimes. Amatrice counted 2,650 inhabitants but nobody knows how many have survived.

amatriciana (1)Italy is good at helping in a quick manner. A strain of resilience – now we are cooking for Amatrice. Un Futuro per Amatrice was started by Slow Food Italy founder, Carlo Petrini (link is here). This initiative crossed borders and continents in just a few days and was even promoted in American TV by a Positano-born chef. As I’m writing, 400 restaurants all over Italy are adhering and many more joining, including the sagre (Italian summer food fairs).

http://video.repubblica.it/embed/rubriche/reptv-news/terremoto-croce-rossa-ad-amatrice-al-bar-di-patrizia-un-caffe-e-un-sorriso-per-tutti/250053/250199&width=570&height=321

If you would like to join, we’ve included the Recipe of Pasta all’amatriciana below for you (just click on the picture), a list on how to make a donation and a video showing Amatrice nestling in its mountains.

Pasta

In 1860, the recipe for Spaghetti all’Amatriciana spread to Rome and was first cooked in a restaurant near Piazza Navona. It’s been a favorite since then … In Amatrice, Hotel Roma was a shrine of local mountain dishes originating from the surrounding National Parks such as the Gran Sasso.

grazie di cuore

PS: Today and tomorrow, 27-28 August 2016, Amatrice’s own food sagra would have taken place – La Sagra degli Spaghetti all’Amatriciana

How to help Amatrice via donations:

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