With artisanal bucatini from Pastaficio Mascarelli in Abruzzo donated by Marcelli Formaggi (who import many of the Abruzzese cheeses and ingredients we use at Le Virtù) and guanciale from Salumificio Cicala (Chef Cicala’s independent salumi company), and Ari and Elise Miller’s local treasure 1732 Meats, we’ve already begun a program that is spreading across the city’s restaurant community. Inspired by a similar movement in Italy, we’ll donate $3 from every plate of Amatrice’s namesake dish, bucatini all’amatriciana. We’ll be running a similar program at Brigantessa for sales of our pizza all’amatriciana. We intend to run these menu additions through the holidays. Our experiences with L’Aquila and its surroundings tell us that the effort to rebuild will take a very long time.
On Thursday, September 22nd, we’ll serve a four-course dinner with wine pairings, focusing on the cuisine of Amatrice, Norcia, Castelluccio, and southwestern Marchè, all hit by the quake. The above purveyors (joined by Amedei Chocolates, Nestle Waters North America, distributors of Panna and San Pellegrino water, and others) will also be involved, and our friend and food writer Domenica Marchetti will donate signed cookbooks for sale. Other donated items and services from our neighbors and fellow Philadelphia businesses will be raffled, with all proceeds going to relief. The cost will be $125 per person, with all profits going to relief efforts. Dinner begins at 6:30 (menu TBD). Space is limited; phone reservations only. Please call 215-271-5626.
More details as participants sign on and the menu evolves.