True Italian Taste

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The Extraordinary Italian Taste

ICCO’s mandate to raise awareness for authentic Italian products continues throughout 2019-2020. Following the success of the last years, we will continue to highlight the authenticity, traceability, quality control, and certifications of authentic Italian foods with the goal of educating Canadian audiences on how to identify an authentic Italian product, in order to make informed purchases and enjoy the unrivalled quality of genuine Italian goods.

The True Italian Taste project is promoted and financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, carried out by Assocamerestero in collaboration with the Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad to strengthen and to protect the authentic Italian products. True Italian Taste is part of “The Extraordinary Italian Taste” program.

This year’s program includes visiting chefs from Italy, a series of master classes, tasting events, educational tours, buyer trips, the Authentic Italian Table dinner series and ICCO’s week of Italian cuisine.

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„Authentic Italian Pizza with Eataly“

A live webinar about Authentic Italian Pizza. A group of media will learn details about specific DOP/IGP products and to prepare an authentic pizza al padellino.

June 24, 2020: Zoom Webinar


The masterclasses will be organized for media, influencers, bloggers, industry and grocery store representatives to learn about geographical designations and traceability of products.

February 19, 2020: Faema Canada Showroom
July 14, 21, 28, 2020: Live webinar with ALMA
September 17, 2020 : Great Italian Wines
Date TBC: The Loft on Weston, Longo’s


Buyer Trips to Italy

Buyers from Ontario will be sent to Italy to meet with Italian companies, try their products and visit their companies and facilities to make new possible business relationships.

Fall 2020: TBD
March 24-27, 2019: Torino

Educational Tours

Educational Tours

Canadian influencers will travel to Italy for educational tours to learn more about the processes and certifications of authentic Italian products including cheese, cured meats, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and more.

June 3-7, 2019: Umbria

Authentic Italian Table 2020 - „Il Panino Gourmet“

Two renowned chefs will feature their own versions of Panino Gourmet and show how sandwiches vary greatly across Italy. Italian Panini are versatile, informal, easy to prepare and can accommodate all tastes and dietary restrictions. During two live webinars the chefs will present traditional panini recipes prepared with PDO/PGI ingredients.

September 22, 2020:  Live Event w/Chef Claudio Sadler
September 29, 2020:  Live Event w/Chef Rob Gentile

Authentic Italian Table 2019

A series of dinner events dedicated to authentic Italian food in collaboration with local restaurants during which guests will be able to try special menus created by the chefs for the occasion. Regional focus of the 2019 edition is the central Italian region of Emilia Romagna.

Educational Tours

CENTItalia 2020

Educational Tours

CENTItalia 2019

From November 11 to 15, join the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) for the fourth edition of CENTItalia: Gusto Cultura! Experience a week of authentic Italian cooking, education, and the Italian food lifestyle. Prominent chefs, food and wine experts, restaurateurs, influencers, educators, journalists, and foodies come together to celebrate the charm and simplicity of the Italian way of living.

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extraordinary italian taste
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