For many years, producers in the northern corner of Abruzzo, in the Teramo province by the border to the neighboring region Marche, have tried to tighten up the quality of the dominating, powerful grape of the region, Montepulciano.
Since 1995, the zone has had its own independent DOC appellation, Colline Teramane, but in 2003 it received Abruzzo’s first and, until now, only DOCG-classification. The regulations have been tightened and are therefore different from the other areas’ use of Montepulciano grapes, e.g. the addition of other local grapes in the wine.
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.