The recent earthquake in Italy that virtually leveled the ancient city of Amatrice has spurred local businessman and philanthropist Charlie Augello and his wife, Anita, to lead an effort to provide aid to the people of the small, 15th century town who have lost everything.
Charlie and Anita are the proprietors of the E. 48th Street Market, an iconic Dunwoody landmark and culinary jewel located in the Williamsburg of Dunwoody shopping center on Jett Ferry Road, which has delighted seekers of authentic Italian cuisine from all sectors of the metro area since 1986.
The market is now joining restaurants across the country and throughout Italy to help the over 2000 victims of the Amatrice earthquake. For its part, the market will contribute $5 to a relief fund for every $9 serving of Bucatini all’ Amatriciana sold. This delicious pasta dish is derived from recipes shared with the world by the people of Amatrice and can be purchased for on-site consumption or as a take-out order for either lunch or dinner. Cash contributions are welcome at the market as well.
The relief fund will be administered by the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, of which Mr. Augello is a long-time member and active participant. Rotary International is the largest service organization in the world and Mr. Augello has already been in contact with Rotary district officials in Italy to coordinate the delivery of funds to those so tragically in need. He and Anita plan a trip to the region in October, as well.
The town of Amatrice was named recently as one of Italy’s most beautiful, but, sadly, exists no more. Charlie and Anita are providing a means of support which will benefit not only the quake’s survivors, but also those who sample this wonderful pasta dish prepared expertly at the Market.
This effort will continue for a limited time, only, but should be a wonderful opportunity for all to experience the food and ambiance of this Dunwoody treasure while, at the same time, benefiting the victims of the earthquake as they try to rebuild their lives and their beloved town.