A stretch of Pisan territory starting from San Miniato and leads to Palaia and Peccioli to then go south to Volterra, can be renamed “the truffle road“. These ancient lands are the origin of the highly prized white truffle, but also of other truffles (the bianchetto, scorzone and even black truffle). It is no coincidence that one of the first Truffle Associations in Italy, Tartufai of San Miniato, was born here, in order to promote the protection of the environment as well as the cultivation, production and enhancement of truffles.
The National White Truffle Market Exhibition has been held in this area for half a century with various kinds of initiatives dedicated to the white truffle and lasts for three weekends in November. The climate, the soil and the vegetation means that even in the nearby area of Palaia it is possible to find this particular white truffle which reaches its maturation period from September to December. Thanks to a study by the University of Pisa, the first identity cards of the Tuber Magnatum Pico (Latin name of the white truffle) and of the Bianchetto or Marzuolo Truffle (found between January and April) were born here.
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.