Amatrice, a small town northeast of Rome, was recently devastated by an earthquake, destroying nearly half the town and killing close to 300 people.
This small town is famous for its chefs and regional cuisine, one specific pasta dish in particular, known throughout Italy as Amatriciana. I remember as a child, this was one of my father’s favorite dishes. In fact, it was the first dish I learned to cook! Amatriciana is made with onions, white wine, guanciale, fresh tomatoes and chili, served over bucatini with pecorino cheese.
In efforts to support Amatrice, Basta and Cibo will be serving Amatriciana September 5th through 12th and proceeds will be donated to the Italian Red Cross.
I hope you join us for dinner next week, to enjoy this family favorite and support Amatrice.