As is the case with most smaller regions throughout Italy, being lesser known can often be advantageous. Rich in history and having a coast on both the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian sea, Basilicata has been home to almost every major Mediterranean civilization. This wealth of historical presence has meant that this tiny Southern region, in the boot of Italy, can satisfy even the most discerning tourist looking for a trip through Italy’s past.
Potenza, the highest regional capital in Italy, is an encapsulation of the shifting history that has defined the region. Founded by Romans, the city has had every conceivable ancient superpower move through its territory. Sadly, following an earthquake in 1857 and heavy bombing during the second world war, much of the Potenza’s ancient vestiges lie in ruin. The San Michele Arcangelo church, dating back to the 11th century, provides one of the few remaining symbols of city’s past. The Church itself includes over 500 frescoes.
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.