The worldwide appeal, which asks all Italian restaurants to make donations for every plate served of the classic Italian pasta dish, named after the town Amatrice, one of the worst hit by Wednesday’s devastating earthquake, has been launched by food blogger Paolo Campana and spearheaded by Carlo Petrini, head of Slow Food.
Amatrice was this weekend set to hold its 50th annual food festival celebrating its famous spaghetti all’amatriciana, a pasta dish with a tomato-based sauce flavoured with guanciale, or cured pork cheek.
More than 600 restaurants in Italy have already agreed to donate two euros for every amatriciana serving and now the appeal is gathering momentum across the world.
Philip Contini, CEO of Valvona & Crolla said: "We want to do all we can to help the poor people of Amatrice, whose lives have been devastated by this week’s earthquake. We’ll be donating £2 for every plate of spaghetti all’amatriciana we serve in our caffè bars. I urge all my fellow Italian restaurateurs in the city to follow suit with Slow Food Scotland and help this grief stricken region of Umbria in Italy"
Philip’s sister-in-law, Carina Contini, is also offering BYOB at all of her restaurants - Contini Ristorante, George Street, Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, Castlehill and The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant at The National Gallery of Scotland on Princes Street - from 12 noon every Sunday in September with a £3.00 donation on each bottle going to the appeal.
• You can follow the appeal on Twitter by using the #Amatriciana and find further information about the Amatrice appeal here.