Amatrice is a small town with a big reputation. The signature dish of the ancient Italian town – pasta all’amatriciana – is world-renowned. While variations of the dish appear from time to time, the town itself insists that its sauce must always have just six ingredients: guanciale, pecorino cheese, chili, pepper, white wine and San Marzano tomatoes.
Sadly, Amatrice is “no more,” says Mayor Sergio Pirozzi. It was at the epicenter of an earthquake yesterday that destroyed more than 75% of the town. Amidst the devastation and rubble, one of the town’s only buildings still standing is a clock tower whose clock is frozen at the moment the earthquake hit. This comes just days before this weekend’s 50th annual spaghetti amatriciana festival was to be held in Amatrice.
Here in Charlottesville, restaurants are helping the cause by donating proceeds from pasta all’amatriciana to earthquake relief efforts. Below is a list of participating restaurants. If any other restaurants wish to be added to the list, please let me know.
- Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria is running it as a special tonight through next Saturday (Aug. 25 – Sep. 3) for $12, with 100% of proceeds going to earthquake relief efforts.
- Parallel 38 will offer the dish Friday through Sunday (Aug. 26-28), with 100% of proceeds going to earthquake relief efforts.
- The Ivy Inn will serve “amatriciana americana” Friday through Thursday (Aug. 26 – Sep. 1) for $10, with 100% of proceeds going to earthquake relief efforts.
- At Tavola, bucatini all’amatriciana has long been a menu staple, and tonight through September 10, a portion of proceeds from the dish will go to earthquake relief efforts.
- Vivace will run the dish as a special side tonight through Thursday (Aug. 26 – Sep. 1) for $10, with 100% of proceeds going to earthquake relief efforts.
- Orzo is running the dish as a special through September 4 for $20, with 50% of proceeds going to earthquake relief efforts.