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Local restaurants donate pasta profits for Italian earthquake relief

NEW YORK — New Yorkers who want to help Italians following the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 240 people have an easy way to do so: eat pasta.

Restaurant chefs across New York City have offered to donate money from the sales of Amatriciana – a pasta dish named for a town impacted by the earthquake – to the Red Cross. The dish, invented in the 1700s, is so popular that there’s an annual festival for it. This year’s, the 50th, was scheduled for this weekend.

Blogger Paolo Campana launched the idea to donate 1 euro per plate sold a few hours after the quake hit. Now over 700 restaurants have said they’ll participate, Campana said.

Here are some of the restaurants participating in New York:

  1. Barbetta is donating 10 percent of sales to earthquake victims.
  2. Tarallucci e Vino will donate a portion of the proceeds from each plate of Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana sold to the Italian Red Cross.
  3. Marta is donating 100 percent of the sales of Amatriciana relief efforts.
  4. Rafele Ristorante will donate $5 from every plate of Amatriciana sold to the Italian Red Cross.
  5. Ribalta Pizza will donate $4 from each plate of Amatriciana sold to relief efforts for earthquake victims.
  6. Da Tommy Osteria will donate $10 to relief efforts for every plate of Amatriciana sold.
  7. Eataly is holding a six-course fundraising dinner on Sept. 16 at Eataly NYC Downtown. All proceeds from the $1,000 a person dinner will be donated to the Commune of Amatrice. Eataly will also donate $5 to the Italian Red Cross for each plate of bucatini all’amatriciana sold throughout September at each of its three U.S. locations.