As the death toll from last week’s calamitous earthquake in Central Italy neared 300, some Los Angeles restaurants pitched in to the relief effort by earmarking profits from a pasta dish made in the region to quake relief.
And civic leaders and the Italian consul general planned a candlelight vigil for sundown Monday to pray for the victims.
Victims and bodies were still being extricated Saturday from collapsed bricks and beams in the medieval city of Amatrice, and surrounding villages. Mountain cities some 65 miles northeast of Rome were leveled in the shallow, magnitude 6.2 quake, that hit in the predawn hours Wednesday.
The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is organizing a candlelight vigil for victims of the Italian earthquake. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the South Steps of Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.
The Italian consul general of Los Angeles is a sponsor. Mayor Eric Garcetti and city council member Joe Buscaino, both of Italian heritage, are also sponsoring it.
Restaurants across the Southland are collecting money for earthquake relief, particularly by promoting a dish made famous in Amatrice: pasta Amatriciana.
The dish is made with sauteed bacon or pancetta, plum tomatoes, fresh basil and linguine. Hundreds of Italian restaurants across California are dishing it out, with proceeds going to relief efforts.
—City News Service
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