The ‘City of Joy’ on Thursday celebrated Italy’s Republic Day with simple Italian desserts.
June 2 marks a very special day for Italians who call it Festa della Repubblica. The annual celebration in Italy is a national holiday that dates back to 1946, when the entire Italian population voted for the very first time in a referendum that caused the shift of government in Italy from a monarchy to a republic. For Kolkata, it was a usual working day, but the city did mark it in style.
One R-Day event was hosted by ITC Royal Bengal’s Ottimo Cucina Italiana restaurant. Since the focus was on authentic Italian desserts, made with ingredients sourced from Italy and traditional recipes, Hitesh, Ottimo’s expert pastry chef, led a demonstration on how to make simple home recipes starting from the ingredients while promoting the importance of IGP products in Italian food law.
Indicazione Geografica Protetta (indication of geographic protection) or the IGP label shows that the quality or reputation of the food or condiment is linked to the place or region where it is produced, processed, or prepared.
Authentic Italian Table
The celebrations at ITC Royal Bengal was part of a global event, “Authentic Italian Table” under “The True Italian Taste” project supported by the Italian ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation, coordinated by Assocamerestero in collaboration with the Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad. It was part of The Extraordinary Italian Taste campaign to promote and safeguard genuine Italian agri-food products in Europe, America, Australia and Asia.
“We are delighted to be a part of The Authentic Italian Table promoting True Italian Taste. Ottimo at ITC Royal Bengal offers the experience of years of culinary mastery rooted in the traditions and culture of Italy, echoing the true flavours of an Italian hearth to bring you a complete authentic experience,” Gaurav Soneja, General Manager, ITC Royal Bengal, said.
“True Italian Taste” aims to increase the knowledge and consumption of 100% made in Italy food and wine in markets where there is confusion among consumers between authentic Italian products, and other products that use Italian symbols or names even though they do not have Italian origin.
In India, “True Italian Taste” is managed and implemented by The Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IICCI). The IICCI is an Association of Indian and Italian enterprises, professional and intermediate bodies. “Our mission is to support the establishment and development of industrial and commercial collaborations between India and Italy, thus furthering the economic interests of the two countries,” said Jyoti Saha, regional manager, The Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.