The cake is named after one of the Vignola’s most famous sons, Jacopo Barozzi, who is a famous Renaissance architect. The recipe for Torta Barozzi was first invented by Eugenio Gollini in 1907 in his pasticceria, Pasticceria Gollini which is still in operation in Vignola to this day.
The original ingredients of this dessert have been a well kept secret for several years. Most recreations focus on making a dense, flourless chocolate cake with rum, coffee, and almonds.
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.