Situated in the heel of Italy, Puglia is one of the country’s most culturally and geographically distinct regions. First colonized by Greek settlers, this hot and arid region has become somewhat of quagmire within Southern Italy.
While not as remote as Calabria and lacking Campania’s freneticism, the region has nevertheless made its presence known among the more discerning tourist looking for an alternative to Italy’s more popular regions. With its distinct conical buildings and its fortified Masseria farmhouses, Puglia’s countryside acts as its greatest asset, convincing naysayers who often overlook the region for more established tourist outposts.
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.