Roanoke eatery serves Italian dish for earthquake relief

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Chefs at downtown Roanoke's Fortunato sprinkle unsmoked bacon into a a warm tomato and toss with bucatini,spaghetti-like tubes.

This is pasta all'amatriciana, a dish made famous by the now earthquake-devastated town of Amatrice, Italy.

Fortunato owner Jake Zuckerman's joined the hundreds of Italian restaurants making the dish for earthquake relief funds.

"Our restaurant is pretty traditional Italian food, and I guess we have some kinship with Italy," Zuckerman said. "So we're happy to do our part, and it's nice to be able to help out."

Roughly 35 percent of the total bill -- $5 per plate -- will go to help rebuild the flattened city.

In Italy, they begin the painful task of burying the dead this weekend, while still searching rubble. For those who survived, they wonder what aspects of their former life remain.

"I don't know if I ever work any more a job because the school... we don't know when it will be open again," Amatrice resident Maria Poggi said.

This is the first time Fortunato's created a special dish to raise money, but likely not the last.

"One of the ideas about the restaurant, we want to be able to give back to the world at large, and especially here in Roanoke," Zuckerman said.

Fortunato will serve the dish for one week starting Monday, Aug. 29.