Put 2 kg of mussels to soak in slightly salted water, remove the beards and leave them to soak for a couple of hours.
Brush the mussels with a metal brush (or toothbrush) and wash them carefully.
Transfer the mussels to a large round pan, cover with lid and let them open at high heat. It will take 2-3 minutes in all.
Once all open, remove them and keep them aside and filter their liquid.
Coarsely chop 1 bunch of washed and dried parsley, crush 2 cloves of garlic and brown them in a rather large pan with 1/2 glass of extra virgin olive oil and 1 chili.
When the crushed garlic cloves are golden, remove them, then add the mussels and sprinkle with their filtered liquid.
Mix very well with a wooden spoon sprinkle with 6 tablespoons of vinegar, increase the intensity of the flame and cook for a couple of minutes (to let the vinegar evaporate), stirring quickly with a wooden spoon so that the mussels become flavored.
Place 6 slices of homemade bread in individual bowls, spread over mussels, sprinkle everything with the minced parsley, bring to the table and serve immediately.
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.