ITALIAN mum Daniela Belucci has turned her Brisbane kitchen into a support centre for fellow Italians devastated by an earthquake in Amatrice.
The mother-of-four remembers feeling shocked after news reports showed the historic town was under rubble, killing more than 300.
“As I watched the news reports this week, my first reaction was – I want to go and help,” Mrs Belucci said.
From the other side of the world, Mrs Belucci took to her stovetop to serve up the town’s most famous dish, spaghetti all-amatriciana.
It’s a dish Mrs Belucci has learnt to master and includes chunks of guanciale (cured pork cheek), pecorino cheese and tomato.
Mrs Belucci served up mounds of the pasta to her local Catholic community, attended by several Italians on Brisbane’s northside, including the Bellucci family.
Now she is urging restaurants in Brisbane to put the traditional recipe on the menu to help the people of Amatrice rebuild their city.
“In Italy they have asked restaurants to put the Amatriciana on the menu to commemorate the village,” she said.
“Here in Brisbane, we are hoping restaurants will get behind the idea of doing the same and raising money that we can send to help the earthquake victims rebuild their town.”
Read more in The Catholic Leader’s special Mother Teresa edition, out September 4.