The IGP denomination guarantees consumers the quality and Italian authenticity of the product.
This hazelnut is particularly appreciated by the chocolate industry for a variety f reasons such as:
• the spheroidal shape of the seed
• excellent taste and aroma after roasting
• high peelability
• good shelf life
For these reasons, Piedmont hazelnuts are universally known as the best in the world.
Production of the Nocciola Piemonte IGP is 4860 tons per year on an area of 3315 hectares mainly in the province of Cuneo. It is also produced in the province of Asti and Alessandria.
There are 784 companies that produce these hazelnuts and they are located mainly in Alta Langa.
Considered one of the best hazelnuts for the confectionery industry, Nocciola del Piemonte IGP is characterized by its crunchy flesh, long shelf life, and an amazing flavor and aroma, especially when it’s roasted. Its shell is of medium thickness, dull brown in colour and with numerous streaks. The seeds vary in shape, with a compact and crunchy consistency that has a delicate and long-lasting flavour. Piedmont hazelnuts are the essential ingredient of Gianduiotto nougat pralines, a typical Piedmont confectionary product, but they’re also widely used in the preparation of various pastry creams, cake, ice creams and liqueurs.
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.