Derived from regional green olives, the Ascolana del Piceno Oliva sees the variety transform into one of the regions most celebrated foods. Separated between those produced in Brine and the stuffed variety, the olives undergo a stringent process, guaranteeing their PDO designation. Picked from September to October, the olives go through debittering before being placed in a specialized solution which is followed by a 10 months preservation period.
Once the olives have undergone the ageing process they are then filled with their iconic stuffing, usually involving beef or in some instances pork. The mixture also includes a variety of other ingredients incorporated to help give the Oliva Ascolana del Piceno its flavorful aroma and taste. These include eggs, cheese, assorted vegetables and even nutmeg.
After being filled, the olives are then dipped in flour and breadcrumbs. Upon getting their Oliva Ascolana del Piceno PDO designation they normally retain a yellowish to light green color as well as a strong aroma, conveying the multitude of ingredients and spices used within the Olive.
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.