In response to the devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Central Italy on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, Tony Vallone and the Vallone Family of Restaurants will be donating $2 to relief efforts for every dish of Amatriciana served at Ciao Bello and Tony’s through the month of September.
Named after one of the villages hardest hit by the earthquake, Amatrice (pronounced AH-mah-TREE-cheh), our traditional-style Amatriciana (ah-MAH-tree-CHEE’AH-nah) is made using guanciale, a classic cured meat (pig’s jowl) made in the mountains to the east of Rome where the earthquake occurred.
“Amatrice,” says Tony, “is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s famous for its black truffles and its salumi. It’s also one of the most beautiful places in Italy. It breaks my heart to know that it was destroyed in the earthquake.”
At the end of the September, monies collected for earthquake relief will be donated to the Italian Red Cross campaign for aid and recovery.
On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 3:36 a.m. local time, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Central Italy 10 kilometers southeast of Norcia (Umbria).
According to a report published by the New York Times, the first seismic activity was followed by “about 40 quakes over the next three hours, including a 5.5-magnitude temblor at 4:33 a.m.”
The greatest damage occurred in Rieti province in Latium, where hilltop towns Amatrice and Accumoli were devastated. Arquata del Tronto in Ascoli-Piceno province (Marches) was also hard hit.
According to a statement by the mayor of Amatrice, half of the town was destroyed and the historic center was completely wiped away (New York Times).
As of this posting, the earthquakes have claimed the lives of at more than 250 persons.
The death toll is expected to rise. The 2009 earthquake that occurred in Abruzzo took the lives of more than 300 persons.