Diner’s Diary

Hong Kong restaurants join global effort to raise money for quake-hit Amatrice by selling town’s classic pasta dish

UPDATE: Restaurants donating to charities up to 100 per cent of what diners pay for each dish of pasta all’amatriciana

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 August, 2016, 5:52pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 August, 2016, 12:34pm

Restaurants in Hong Kong, Italy and elsewhere are doing their bit to help the victims of last week’s Italian earthquake by making a donation when diners order a pasta dish from the affected region.

Nearly 300 people died in the town of Amatrice and the surrounding area when the 6.2 magnitude quake struck in the early hours of August 24. Some 2,500 survivors need resettling.

Many restaurants in Italy and around the world are doing their part to raise money for the victims by serving pasta all’amatriciana, which has a tomato-based sauce flavoured with guanciale, or cured meat. The recipe is to have originated in Amatrice more than 300 years ago. Amatrice was to have held its 50th annual food festival last weekend.

In Hong Kong, the Italian restaurants Giando and Gia Trattoria in Wan Chai, both owned by chef Gianni Caprioli, will donate to local charities 100 per cent of the price (HK$158) of each serving diners order of spaghetti all’amatriciana between now and September 30.

Jamie’s Italian will donate HK$30 to the Italian Red Cross for every serving of its pasta all’Amatriciana (price HK$180) diners order up to September 2.

The restaurant’s version of the dish comprises freshly made pasta cooked in a tomato and pancetta sauce with slow-cooked onions.


Shop 1, G/F, Tower 1 Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai. Tel: 2511 8912.

Gia Trattoria

1/F, Fleet Arcade, 1 Lung King Street, Fenwick Pier, Wan Chai. Tel: 2511 8081.

Jamie’s Italian

2/F, Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay. Tel: 3958 2222.

Shop 412, Level 4, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tel: 3758 3333.