Taste the Pitina, a specialty of Friuli Venezia Giulia
Pitina is an Italian cold cut originating in the Dolomite valleys of Tramonti di Sopra and Tramonti di Sotto, and the River Cellina, in the northeastern Italian province of Pordenone in Friuli. It is not really a sausage, but a meatball made of smoked meats.
This specialty seems to date from the 19th century, invented to preserve meat in autumn and winter in traditionally poor areas like the valleys north of the town of Pordenone. The preparation method does not require specialized equipment, it is accessible to all homes, even the most isolated mountain huts.
Little known outside the region and with fewer and fewer producers, the pitina was in danger of disappearing. This is why two traditional producers of pitina decided to unite to preserve the process of making this dish and promote it to local restaurants. The Pitina festival in Tramonti di Sopra has also helped popularize this specialty outside the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.
Today, this tradition is still very much alive and the Pitina is produced commercially by several families in the region.
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.