The Épicerie Européenne began as an Italian grocery store in 1959 by Italian immigrants to Québec, Emilio and Maria Colarusso. Located in Québec City’s Saint-Jean Baptiste neighbourhood, this family-run specialty grocery store boasts an impressive selection of cheeses, cured meats and array of artisanal imported products such as oils, vinegars, and Italian coffee blends. Along with picking up authentic Italian imported products stop by Épicerie Européenne for a delicious panini and other ready-made Italian meals.
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.