Funghetti di Offida are made with simple ingredients specifically water, sugar, flour and anise. The name literally translates to; “mushrooms of Offida”, it was given that name because the cookies resemble tiny white mushrooms.
The legend of the cookie states that they they were first made during a siege in the fourteenth century. At the time, the women of Offida had nothing to cook for the soldiers, so they had to quickly make a recipe by mixing the only ingredients available: honey (then replaced with sugar), flour and water (the anise was added later), and thus, the Funghetti di Offida were created!
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.