Traditionally made from unpasteurised milk of the Valdaostan Red Spotted cows the texture and flavour of Fontina depends on how long it has been aged. The texture can vary from semi-soft to firm and the flavours from mild and rich to more robust and overpowering, typically, Fontina DOP is aged for 90 days.
Fontina can be served in many different ways, generally, in Northern Italy it is eaten alone or with a slice of white bread. In Val d’Aosta, it is always mixed to polenta, one of the most famous dishes of Northern Italy. The ideal wine to pair with Fontina DOP is a delicate and light red wine, such as the local Valle d’Aosta Donnas DOC
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.