Veneto is a gem of a region in the northeast corner of Italy. Bound on the west by Lake Garda, on the north by the Dolomite Mountains and on the east by the Adriatic Sea, the landscape of the Veneto is rich and varied.
Veneto is known for having its own unique culture and traditions within Italy. This is primarily due to the fact that it was an independent republic for over 1000 years prior to the unification of Italy, and continues to have autonomous governmental powers till this day.
Veneto is today among the wealthiest, most developed and industrialized regions of Italy. Having one of the country’s richest historical, natural, artistic, cultural, musical and culinary heritages, it is also the most visited region of Italy, with about 60 million tourists every year.
Lake Garda, also known as Lago di Garda, is the largest lake in Italy with an area of 370 km², and one of the most harmonious. Its shores touch three regions: Veneto, Lombardy and Trentino-Alto Adigue.
Lake Garda is a very lively place surrounded by charming little villages, a favorite destination for tourists in summer. It also stands out thanks to its breathtaking and varied landscapes, from the steep cliffs in the north to the rich vegetation on the southern and western shores (palm trees, lemon trees, cypresses, etc.)
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.