When Garibaldi finally unified Italy in 1861 Massimo D’Azeglio famously announced: “We have made Italy, we now need to make Italians.” Italy is known as the nation of campanilismo where each region, village, town, and city developed its own culture, including a unique way of cooking or making sauces, pastas, sausages, wines, cheeses, breads, etc.
Chef Massimo Capra has been a main player in the Toronto restaurant scene for the last 30 years. Born near Cremona, Italy, Capra climbed the career ladder by working in Italy’s best restaurants and hotels.
While Tuscany is mainly known for its Sangiovese-based reds such as Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino, Cabernet sauvignon-based wines have also been gaining in popularity over the last decades, mostly thanks to Marchese Incisa della Rocchetta and his Tenuta San Guido estate in Bolgheri.
When you close your eyes to imagine an Italian feast, there is always one element that stands out above all the rest. Whether it’s playing a supporting role in pasta sauces and stews or taking centre stage on a plate adorned simply with basil leaves and mozzarella - its sweet, tart taste is always greeted with mouth-watering anticipation. It is an activity that melds food with mirth, uniting families and giving them a chance to celebrate in each other’s company.
Learn how to cook a risotto and an osso buco alla milanese topped with homemade gremolata.
Questi sono stati alcuni degli ingredienti della Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel mondo organizzata dal Consolato Generale d’Italia a Montreal, la Camera di Commercio Italiana in Canada e Bologna Fiere. Giunta alla sua seconda edizione, porta in tavola le eccellenze nostrane e crea nuove connessioni tra l’Italia e il mondo.
Heading towards Castellina in the heart of the Chianti Classico I ended up at the Castello di Fonterutoli locality, a beautiful village owned for the most part by the Marchesi Mazzei family established in the medieval burg since 1435.
If it is true that the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the soul of the home is the matriarch who is often found hovering over the burners.