In 1954, Vincenzo Zaurrini and his brother Angelo accomplished their dream of opening the first grocery store in Montreal dedicated to Italian flavours and products. Throughout the years, Vincenzo never ceased to innovate by introducing new, high quality products, thus allowing Milano to become an essential supermarket with more than 70 employees and an incredible variety of food specialties imported from Italy.
Located in the heart of Little Italy, Milano is more than a grocery store, it is above all a family business that has preserved the traditional values and culture. For several generations of customers, Milano is the symbol of Italian agri-food excellence, and a favorite meeting place, making it an integral part of their weekly habits, and where they feel at home.
Since 2011, Vincenzo’s children, Celia and Mario, have taken over and adapted their father’s vision: to offer the best authentic Italian products, to be at the forefront of what is being done to offer their customers innovative Made in Italy, high quality products, and to give their customers a unique experience, plunging them into the flavors and tastes of Italy.
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.