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.
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).
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.
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.
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: