The food world is coming together to help those affected by the earthquake in Italy in the way it knows best — by serving good food. Restaurants in Italy and the United States are cooking up Pasta all'Amatriciana, also known as Amatrice Pasta, and donating a portion of each dish sold to relief efforts. The official hashtag of this delicious way to help seems to be #EatforItaly.
The movement is growing quickly after Italian graphic artist and blogger Paolo Campana launched the idea on Facebook four hours after the Aug. 23 earthquake devastated the small town of Amatrice and parts of its surrounding region, according to NPR. Campana's aim is to get restaurants to donate one euro, the equivalent of about $1.13, for each pasta dish sold.
Over 700 restaurants in Italy ran with the idea and so have several restaurants in the U.S., with a daily-growing list of participants that I imagine will include restaurants in countries all around the world soon, if it doesn't already.
How to find a participating restaurant
The idea is spreading fast and furiously, and I've been unable to find one central place that lists all participating restaurants — probably because it doesn't exist yet — but here are a few websites that have some partial lists.
- The Associazione Italiana Cuochi Italiani in New York City lists dozens of restaurants in and around the city that will be donating a percentage of each dish sold to the Croce Rossa Italiania to assist the victims of the Earthquake.
- The Italian food-focused website Foodiamo also has a list of several Los Angeles and San Francisco restaurants participating in Amatriciana for Amatrice.
- Food and Wine has a list from all over the country of participating restaurants, including a $1,000-a-ticket celebrity chef dinner at NYC's Eataly.
What is Pasta all'Amatriciana?
The simple sauce for this pasta dish is traditionally made with tomatoes, salted cured pork cheek, pecorino sheep's milk cheese and pepperoncini. The dish is often served over spaghetti or bucatini pasta. Of course, since it's a traditional, regional dish, there are bound to be arguments over what exactly "authentic" Amatriciana contains, but when it comes to #EatforItaly, any arguments about authenticity should be put aside. As long as money is going to help those affected by the earthquake, it's all good.
Make your own
If you're unable to #EatforItaly at a restaurant, you can still join the movement by making the dish at home and donating a little money to your charity of choice that's helping Italy. You can find a recipe for Pasta all'Amatrice on Mary Ann Esposito's website, and this video shows just how simple it is to make.