Pasta all’Amatrice is not so kosher.

It takes its name from Amatrice, in Lazio’s municipality of Rieti. The sauce uses pork cheeks, and bucatini, a long, tubular form of pasta.

Soccer Amatrice, however, is quite kosher (to me).

This past Sunday, a soccer field in Amatrice was refurbished and opened by UCEI, the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, nearly a year after it and the town were damaged by earthquakes. UCEI President Noemi Di Segni led the assembled in a Hebrew prayer. To kick off the field, the local team played a match against Maccabi Italia (which reminds me, we have to cover this Summer’s Maccabiah Games in Israel)

The prayer appears at the end of the seven minute video below

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