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Hungry and Philanthropic? Eat Italian for a Good Cause

Nearly 300 lives were lost during a 6.2-magnitude quake that struck central Italy on August 24. 600 restaurants in Italy and around the world have joined forces in fundraising for the Italy earthquake relief efforts in Amatrice by cooking its signature dish – the all’amatriciana, a pasta dish with a tomato-based sauce flavoured with guanciale.

Among these restaurants are Hong Kong’s Giando and Già Trattoria, with the former serving rigatoni all’amatriciana and the latter, bucatini all’amatriciana (both at $158 per dish). From now until September 30, 100 per cent of the proceeds from these dishes will go directly to local charities in Italy to help those affected by the natural disaster.

For the month of September, DiVinoSpasso and Carpaccio are also donating $20 for every bucatini all’amatriciana sold, while DiVino Patio is donating $10 from each dish sold from the Roma Nel Piatto menu to Gruppo Virtuale Cuochi Italiani, who will collect funds worldwide for earthquake survivors.

For the ever-popular pizza joint PizzaExpress, 100 per cent of the proceeds from its famous Parma Pizza across all 15 branches will go to charity organisation GlobalGiving, with a fundraising target of a minimum of $100,000. The donations will go towards emergency relief and recovery efforts in the region. So dig in, and know that enjoying your favourite dishes is for a good cause.

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