Arthur Avenue is the expressway to Italian earthquake relief.
The Little Italy of the Bronx joined local politicians and business people Friday to raise money for the victims of the deadly central Italy quake blamed for 267 deaths.
“The neighborhood owes its unique vitality, identity and heritage to Italy,” said City Council member Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx). “So it hits closer to home. We’re expecting a strong showing from the Bronx in general and from Arthur Ave. in particular.”
The Italian Disaster Relief Fund will benefit those affected by the natural disaster that wreaked havoc on three small Italian towns, leaving death and destruction in its wake.
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The Bronx boulevard in the Belmont section is home to an assortment of Italian pastry shops, restaurants, butchers, cafes and cheese stores. And some are already pitching in to help the motherland.
The San Gennaro Ristorante announced a donation of to Italian earthquake aid for every plate of Pasta all’Amatriciana sold.
The dish is served with a traditional sauce, created in the town of Amatrice — the area that suffered the worst damage in Wednesday’s earthquake. The sauce is prepared with cured pork and grated pecorino cheese.
John Sanchez, district manager at local Community Board 6, said additional funds will be raised during the Sept. 11 Ferragosto Festival. Organizers expect 20,000 attendees for the event.
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“The Bronx definitely stands with Italy,” said Sanchez. “When you have a big (Italian) population, someone will know someone from a town that’s been affected.”
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