The Extraordinary Italian Taste

The Extraordinary Italian Taste

It’s time to share and celebrate the extraordinary taste of bona fide Made in Italy goods!



CENTItalia: Gusto Cultura!

The Extraordinary Italian Taste arrives in Toronto from November 14 – 17

Italy’s contribution to gastronomy is undeniable. To this day, the food world looks to Italy as a source of culinary inspiration. Like any other cultural export, Italian food has spawned a legion of imitators in our increasingly globalized and competitive market place.

The Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) and Centennial College, supported by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, are proud to present CENTItalia: Gusto Cultura! – a week-long event that aims to educate Torontonians about the unique qualities and characteristics of authentic Italian food, including DOP/IGP and other protected designations.

From November 14 – 17, we are excited to welcome three chefs directly from Italy, who will deliver executive style classes, lectures and workshops, open to the general public, students and industry members.

CENTItalia: Program Highlights


DATE: November 14, 2017
LOCATION: Liberty Grand, Artifacts Room, 25 British Columbia Rd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cocktail reception and press conference, presentation of the CENTItalia program, Announcement of Centennial IFSE and ICCO Collaboration for student exchanges in the Italian culinary program.

An event focused on Authentic Italian Pizza with the participation of master pizza maker Chef Franco Pepe directly from Italy, our guest Italian chefs and local pizza makers from the GTA. A demo and tasting event, an opportunity for attendees to learn what makes an authentic Italian pizza, the secrets of the trade, how to prepare a variety of pizzas with the best ingredients available on the market.

Presentation of the latest ICCO publication on the history of Pizza in Italy and in Canada and its evolution through the centuries.


DATE: November 15, 2017
LOCATION: Viva Napoli Pizzeria, 679 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2N2
TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Chef Franco Pepe will demonstrate the secrets of authentic Italian pizza, suggest wine pairings and discuss ingredients and preparation. Pizza tasting will follow along with the opportunity to ask Chef Pepe about the world of artisanal Neapolitan pizza.


Italian chefs, Cristina Bowerman and Ugo Mura, and chef Luca Gatti from Centennial College, will deliver food demonstrations followed by a tasting dinner.


DATE: November 16, 2017
LOCATION: Nella Cucina, 876 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G3
TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

A Multi-course dinner with Chef Cristina Bowerman with wine pairing, chef demonstrating courses before delivery of each course, chef to mingle with guests and take questions.


DATE: November 17, 2017
LOCATION: Nella Cucina, 876 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G3
TIME: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

A Multi-course lunch with Chef Ugo Mura with wine pairing, chef demonstrating courses before delivery of each course, chef to mingle with guests and take questions.

The Power of Women (November 15)

DATE: November 15, 2017
LOCATION: Terroni Restaurant, 57 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K6
TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

An event dedicated to women in business. A panel of businesswomen will discuss opportunities in the workplace, touching on personal and professional growth through leadership, education, networking support and recognition. The panel discussion will be followed by a seated dinner.

The Power of Women is a fundraising event. The Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario will make a donation towards the establishment of a scholarship benefiting sole-support mothers and assisting them in their education towards future success in the culinary industry.

The week-long initiative will conclude with ICCO’s Pentola d’Oro gala evening, an annual event for the food industry, to be held at Chateau Le Parc in Vaughan.

To RSVP to the events or for more information please contact: for ‘A Pizza event (Nov 14th) for The Power of Women (Nov 15th) for Master Class and Tasting Dinner/Lunch (Nov 15th-16th-17th)