Found in the hills around the Piedmont town of Alba, white truffles or winter truffles are typically only found during the months of October through to December. Their rarity coupled with the exorbitant prices they manage to fetch, have helped propel the little white fungi into rarefied circles among the culinary world.
With prices rising to the six figure mark, much of the truffles price lies in its rarity and complexity in finding it. Normally found underneath the soil, local truffle hunter have used the age old practice of utilizing female pigs, with their keen sense of smell, to locate the illustrious fungi. More recently dogs have been brought in to replace their bovine counterparts, facilitating the process and making truffles more accessible.
Giving off a strong aroma, with an almost earthy like smell, the white truffle imbues a multifaceted sensory experience on does cooking with or simply enjoying it among a meal. With an almost pepper like taste, the white truffle is typically grated over pasta, imbuing the dish with a truly distinct flavor.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.