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HK chef rallies in aid of Italy earthquake victims

Gianni Caprioli of Hong Kong’s Giando and Gia restaurants in Wan Chai will donate 100% of the sales of his spaghetti all’Amatriciana dish to local charities helping with the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

Gianni Caprioli

The town that was worst affected by the earthquake, Amatrice in Rieti, northern Lazio is famous for its spaghetti all’Amatriciana: a pasta dish with a tomato-based sauce flavoured with guanciale (cured meat).

In response to the disaster which happened on 24 August, and in solidarity with Italy, chef Gianni Caprioli has put variations of the dish on his menus at Giando and Gia Trattoria and has pledged to donate 100% of each sale (HK$158), from now until 30 September directly to local charities in Italy.

Giando in Star Street will serve Rigatoni all’Amatriciana, while Gia Trattoria in Fenwick Pier will dish up Bucatini all’Amatriciana.

Founder and chef, Gianni Caprioli is from Potenza in the southern region of Basilicata and says that fellow Italians around the world need to rally to the aid of those affected by the earthquake.

“I live in Hong Kong, but Italy will always be my home. I was deeply concerned for my country after seeing the devastation from the 24 August quake, and knew that we needed to take immediate action to help,” he said.

Caprioli travelled today to Italy to be help with recovery efforts.

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