While its original Latin name was “caseus vetus” , meaning “ancient cheese”, it developed its name “grana padano” from peasants who did not speak Latin. “Grana” signifies the distinct grainy texture of the cheese as well as the small calcium crystals created after the cheese-making process whereas “Padano” indicates where is it is from which is the “Val Padana” or the Po river valley.
Grana Padano DOP is a hard, slow maturing cheese with a straw yellow or white color.
There are three varieties of this cheese, each with different flavors depending on the ripening process:
From 9 to 16 months: The taste is delicate with a milky aroma and a creamy texture
Over 16 months : More pronounced flavors with aromas of fresh fruit and hay. The cheese begins to have its grainy texture
Over 20 months: Strong flavor with a grainy and crumbly texture.
The fully ripened Grana Padano DOP is perfect for use in soups, risottos or on its own!
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.