Both fresh Asiago DOP cheese and Aged Asiago are produced in an area that goes from the irrigated meadows of the Po Valley to the mountain pastures of the Asiago plateau and Trentino.
The area for the collection of milk and the production of Asiago DOP cheese comprises four provinces: Vicenza, Trento and a part of Padua and Treviso. This is the area where Asiago cheese was originally born in the Asiago plateau, and its surrounding territories. Asiago cheese which is produced with milk from farms located 600 meters above sea level, can boast the additional certification of being a “Mountain product”. Only Asiago cheese produced and processed in this area is authentic Asiago DOP cheese.
There are different versions of Asiago DOP cheese:
Each form of Asiago DOP is unique and distinctive. Within the typology, it is possible today to find varieties ranging from Fresh Asiago, to Seasoned Asiago, from organic Asiago to Mountain Product Asiago. The support for the protection of the mountain territory and its heritage is among the primary objectives of the Consortium for the Protection of Asiago Cheese.
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.