Known as the “heart of Northern Italy”, Lombardia, one of Italy’s largest regions, is home to a wealth of historical, natural and gastronomical treasures.
Highly industrialized, the region is home to the largest urban area in Italy, stretching from Milan to the Alpine Lake Como. This urbanization is beset by the region’s ability to enthrall with its world renown culture and scenery.
Situated within a stone throw of the Alps, Lombardy and its capital Milan, like so many regions in Italy, have seen much of their culture shaped by the tumultuous nature of the ruling powers that have laid claim to the area. Having gone from a Medieval powerhouse to the capital of Napoleon’s Italian dominion, the area has seen an influx of cultural shifts, shaping everything from its gastronomy to its artistic impact.
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.