The ciaramicola is a typical Easter cake from the province of Perugia in Umbria.


Ciaramicola is a lemon spice cake baked into the shape of a large donut and covered in white icing and coloured sprinkles. The cake was first made as a way to honour the city of Perugia and acts as an unofficial symbol of the city. Its original design featured 5 distinct bumps in the ring of the cake, which represented the 5 main neighbourhoods of Perugia, also its colours, red on the inside and the white icing, are a reference to the city’s coat of arms.

The cake dough is seasoned with lemon and spicy Alchermes liqueur, which gives it the cake its red tinge and distinct taste.

true italian taste

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.