How eating at a Miami Italian restaurant can aid Italy earthquake relief

Restaurants around the world are donating $2 from specially created dishes.

One plate of pasta can make a difference.

That’s the hope behind a fundraising effort spreading internationally to help the victims of Wednesday’s 6.2-magnitude earthquake in Amatrice, Italy, where more than 159 people have been reported killed.

Italian restaurants around the world, including Miami, are donating $2 from a special “all’amatriciana” dish created in honor of the renowned Italian city to the Italian branch of the Red Cross. 

Miami restaurants participating include all of the Graspa Group restaurants. Miami Beach’s Via Emlia 9, whose owners Wendy Cacciatori and wife/partner Valentina are Italian-born, will donate all the proceeds and tips from their Aug. 31 dinner service to charity.

The Graspa Group also has created an Eventbrite page to accept donations to be sent directly to the Red Cross.

Salumeria 104 and TiramesU are offering a bucatinia all’amatrician, featuring the Amatrice region’s signature tomato sauce, with pancetta, caramelized onions, crushed red pepper and cheese.

Spris in Midtown, downtown and Lincoln Road are adding a Pizza Amatriciana using the same ingredients. Segafredo on Lincoln Road and Bayside are donating the sales of their Bloody Marys.