Piadina Romagnola IGP is the symbol of Romagna gastronomy. Its reputation dates back to the fourteenth century, although even Virgil had hinted at something similar in the seventh book of the Aeneid, describing a thin toasted disc. Piadina was born as a humble food; traditionally prepared between one batch of bread and another that were baked once a week.
The consumption of Piadina continued through the centuries until the Middle Age when the inhabitants of Romagna started to use the poorest cereals trying not to get taxed by the nobles and landowners. Piadina had gained so much popularity that in 1371, to protest the absurd taxes, Cardinal Angelico noted that there were “two ‘Piade’” between the taxpayers in the city of Modigliana (Forlì-Cesena) and their collector, the Apostolic Chamber.
Over the centuries, it has gone from a “poor man’s bread”, fast and without the need for leavening, to a widely consumed product. Known in Romagna with the dialectal form piè, it took on its current name thanks to the Italianization of Giovanni Pascoli’s poem La Piada (New Poems), in which the poet defines it as the “bread of humanity”.
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.