To me, Italy is always known for quality products: food, wine, olive oil, cars, and more. To help spread the word, a dual pronged approach is underway in Italy that crosses the oceans, and lands here in Vancouver. The first is Expo Milano 2015, the Universal Exhibition that Milan will host from May 1 to October 31, 2015. 140 countries will participate to offer their technology related to guaranteeing healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone while not over taxing the planet. The theme for the Expo is “Feeding the Plant, Energy for Life”. It sounds very interesting and if I had a chance to go to Italy this year, I would make a point to visit the Expo. You can read about the Expo at the italianqualityexperience.it website.
In addition to Expo 2015, “Ospitalita Italiana – Ristoranti Italiani nel Mondo” ( Italian Hospitality – Italian Restaurants in the World ), promoted in part by all Chambers of Commerce in Italy, is underway to promote:
- traditions of Italian food products and improve global culture of Italian food and wine
- to enhance the image of authentic Italian restaurants abroad and to guarantee the quality standards
- to create an international network of Italian restaurants and to support them in promoting Italian products of excellence.
We are fortunate to have a local restaurant, Federico’s Supper Club as being certified by this program. In total there are 1700 authentic restaurants in the world. You can tell that the restaurant is certified by a Golden Q trademark plaque at the restaurant. How did Federico’s and the other restaurants become certified? They had to meet these quality guidelines:
- The restaurant must have at least one person able to relate with customers in Italian
- The percentage of traditional Italian dishes and recipes should be at least 50% of the total number of dishes
- The wine list must contain not les than 30% of Italian DOP/IGT wines
- The restaurant must offer only DOP/IGT extra virgin olive oil of Italian origin or Italian extra virgin olive oil
- The chef must be qualified for the preparation of dishes according to Italian recipes
- The names of all courses in the menu must be available in the Italian language
To see the complete worldwide list of “Ospitalita Italiana”, visit www.10q.it.
I, and other media types, were invited to Federico’s Supper Club to taste some Italian dishes and enjoy some Italian wine to kick off Italian Hospitality – Italian Restaurants in the World and Expo Milan 2015. Some exceptional Prosecco was brought in from Italy, as well as still red and white wines. Federico’s made Arancini, mini pizza bites with anchovies and caramelized onions, and a real standout for me, which was smoked salmon and caramelized onions on a crostini. I had never experienced such wonderful melding of flavours before. I can highly recommend trying to make this yourself, or visiting Federico’s. I am not sure if it is on their regular menu. Enjoy a few pictures I took of the event, enjoy Italian food & wine, visit Federico’s, and visit Expo Milan 2015!