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Italian Earthquake Fundraiser UPDATE…September 8, 2016
Yesterday marked two weeks since the earthquake struck in central Italy. We launched our bucatini amatriciana fundraiser on Friday, August 26th, two days later. On Tuesday, September 30th Susan and Roberto were featured on Channel 12 News at 6 pm talking about the earthquake and the global restaurant fundraiser that Veneto joined honoring the food culture of Amatrice.
Thanks to the support and generosity of our customers, we proudly announce results through September 7th. We have served 70 dishes of bucatini amatriciana, raising $210.00.
When Caldora Wines, one of the largest cooperative wineries in the Abruzzo area, learned about our fundraising effort, they joined us the following week. Since we began serving Caldora with a $2.00 per glass and $5.00 per bottle donation, we have served 46 glasses of wine and 20 bottles, contributing $204.00 to the fund.
In addition, our generous and caring customers, many of whom visit Italy, generously donated $635.00 in cash contributions for the Italian Red Cross. A combined total through yesterday of $1,049.00 – and rising daily!
Our fundraiser continues through the end of September. And our bucatini amatriciana is getting rave reviews.
Out of the heartbreaking loss of so many lives in this small community and families left homeless with no personal belongings, there are several remarkable stories coming from the rubble.
Six days after the quake, a cat, named ‘Gioia’ — meaning ‘joy’ – was found alive. The story is here
Then nine days after the quake, a beautiful golden retriever named Romeo, barked to rescuers and miraculously wagged his tail to rejoin his family. Read Romeo’s story here
We will report back again and we hope more heartwarming stories will emerge from this tragedy. Our sincere thanks for your interest and support.
Proudly Joining Restaurants
Worldwide to Support
People of Amatrice
in Italian Earthquake Zone
On Wednesday, August 24th a devastating earthquake struck central Italy. As losses continue to mount, numerous Italian restaurants around the world are supporting a culinary fundraising effort first suggested by food blogger Paolo Campana. The small town of Amatrice is internationally famous for a special pasta dish named after the town, bucatini amatriciana, which is spaghetti served with a tomato-based sauce flavored with a type of bacon made of cured pork cheek. Over 600 restaurants across Italy quickly responded by including the dish on their menus and donating a portion of proceeds from each order to the Italian Red Cross.
Veneto Trattoria proudly joins numerous other Italian restaurant owners throughout the United States in embracing this idea. Bucatini amatriciana, the flavorful pasta dish, is being served as one of our daily specials through the month of September. We are donating $3.00 from every dish served to the Italian Red Cross to help with earthquake relief work.
When the earthquake hit this part of central Italy during the night, the population of the Amatrice was swollen with visitors preparing to celebrate the town’s 50th annual food festival honoring their signature pasta dish. This food festival, known as a sagra, was scheduled for the weekend and the influx of early arriving festival attendees has complicated authorities’ ability to account for the actual number of people in the area when the quake struck.
The folklore of Amatrice and bucatini amatriciana traces to the 1700s, with rich traditions steeped in the food culture. Amid the rubble in the old town streets, rescue workers spotted the posters advertising this year’s festival with Amatrice described as one of the most beautiful towns in all of Italy.