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Comfort food: Eat all'amatriciana to help quake victims.

ROME, Dhu-AlQa'dah 24, 1437, Aug 27, 2016, SPA -- Food lovers and chefs in Italy and beyond are urging restaurants to serve up more pasta all'amatriciana in a move to support the quake-hit hometown of the hearty dish, AP reported. The rustic food, made of tomato sauce with pork jowl and topped with pecorino cheese, comes from Amatrice, which was destroyed by this week's earthquake and the idea is for some of the proceeds to go to help the devastated areas rebuild. Residents in the medieval hilltop town had been preparing to host a yearly food festival this weekend dedicated to the dish. Instead, they will be burying the many dead men, women and children killed before dawn Wednesday in the violent quake. Altogether, three towns were devastated, with 281 people killed, 221 of them in Amatrice. Now some food lovers hope that they can at least harness the symbol of the devastated town that lost the most for a good cause. Italian food blogger and graphic designer, Paolo Campana, launched an appeal on Wednesday, saying on Facebook that "We have to move fast." "Pasta all'amatriciana is a symbol," he told The Associated Press on Friday. "So I decided to use this symbol to help." He has asked restaurants to put the dish on their menus and donate 2 euros ($2.25) per dish sold directly to the Italian Red Cross, which is participating in relief efforts in the affected areas in the Apennine mountain region of central Italy. One euro would be donated by the customer and one by the restaurant. He says he knows it's not a lot, but that if many people take part it could make a real difference. Since his appeal, other voluntary initiatives have been cropping up in Italy, even in regions where the dish is not typically eaten. The effort has also gone international. British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said on Facebook Thursday that he and 700 chefs at his Jamie's Italian UK restaurants, an international chain, will be serving up pasta all'amatriciana and donating 2 pounds ($2.65) per dish sold to help the rescue effort in Italy. Oliver told his Instagram followers that "this could really make a difference," and that money will go to firefighters, camps, food, clothing and medical assistance. -- SPA 01:46 LOCAL TIME 22:46 GMT

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