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Your Guide to Italy’s Finest


In celebration of Settimana della cucina Italiana, these importers supplied authentic Italian food products to our restaurant partners. The chefs will work with these incredible products to produce bespoke menus for Canada’s 100 Best’s International Italian Cuisine Week dinner series.

Sarafino works only with family owned companies who value traditional farming operations and promote artisanal practices to create natural products with nothing to hide.

Olearia San Giorgio OTTO Extra Virgin Olive Oil is produced on the Fazari family farm, where three generations carry on the tradition. This award-winning oil made from Ottobratica olives won Best Monocultivar in Italy from Gambero Rosso in 2015.

Agrestis Fiore D’Oro Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made in the small village of Syracuse, Buccheri 600 meters above sea level. Olive oil production is a centuries-old tradition in the area, and gives this oil an aromatic flavour with hints of artichokes.

For centuries, just a sprinkle of T&C Terre Nobili White Truffle Olive Oil had made any dish fit for royalty. The white truffle from Acqualagna is justifiably famous for its refined flavour.

La Secchia Antica Acetaia Cuvée 4 Balsamic Vinegar has a delicate aroma with balanced acidity. It’s produced following an antique recipe and is one of Modena’s most popular vinegars.

Acetaia La Bonissima’s Sigillo Oro Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is aged approximately 15 years for a complex taste that’s truly extraordinary. The Di Pietri family have maintained this honourable tradition since the early 1900s, using the Acetaia La Bonissima’s vinegar distillery near central Modena.

La Grande Ruota is a small family-owned company in Brescia, Lombardia, established in 1853. Family secrets and high production standards ensure that certified-organic Bramata Polenta leaves a delicate imprint on the planet.

Launched in 1998 when Angelo Rindone arrived in Montreal from his native Milan, Itaca Direct knows that its products’ origins are of utmost importance. The company travels to Italy often and knows each artisan and producer personally.

Acquerello rice is grown at the historic 500-year-old Tenuta Colombara Estate by the Rondolino family and is produced using propellers, a method that hasn’t changed since 1884. This unique white rice contains the same nutrients as brown rice thanks to a patented process.

The Longo’s Story began in 1956 when three brothers opened a fruit market in Toronto. Longo’s still operates under its philosophy to provide customers with the best quality fresh food.

Longo’s signature fusilli 100% artisanal pasta has a rough, porous surface that’s ideally complemented by Longo’s tomato sauces.

Your Guide to Italy’s Finest

Longo’s signature original prosciutto is aged 400 days, simply seasoned with salt, produced in Parma and its quality is guaranteed by the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma. The perfect addition to your charcuterie board.

GiGi Importing is a company with familial roots that go back four generations. Gigi Vanacore started the business in 1979. He grew up working at his grandparents’ grocery store just outside Naples, Italy, and today it remains a family-run business with Gigi’s children at its helm.

GiGi Linea Oro Pasta is an artisanal product with an exceptional flavour. Its rough texture occurs thanks to slow drying process at a low temperature with traditional bronze dye, which allows maximum sauce to cling to the pasta.

GiGi San Marzano D.O.P. Tomatoes are sourced from the Sarnese-Nocerino region outside Naples and are considered some of the most delicious canned plum tomatoes. Perfect for Italian cooking.

Ponti Balsamic Vinegar of Modena uses a slow aging process to create its extraordinary vinegar, with the company in operation since 1867.

GiGi Brand Preserves picks fresh vegetables like artichokes and mushrooms from Puglia and preserves them for optimal enjoyment.

In 1905, Fabbri began production of cherry syrups and remains family-operated today. Amarena Fabbri is an Italian delicacy made from the bitter amarena cherry grown in Bologna that tops off gelato and semifreddo desserts.

Francesco Bertazzoni started his company in the 19th century in Guastalla.  Today, its operations are presided over by the fifth and sixth generations. Bertazzoni offers a complete line of appliances, including stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers.

Authentic Wines & Spirits Merchants feature an exceptional collection of the world’s most iconic wines and spirits, including Masi Campofiorin. A versatile, full-bodied wine, it was created in 1964 and is produced in Valpolicella, one of Italy’s most incredible wine regions.

Made in Italy from stainless steel, Lagostina’s risotto pan is perfect for producing creamy risottos. Its cherry wood lid is designed to function as a trivet, moving seamlessly from stovetop to table.

Ballarini’s collection of non-stick cookware is made in Italy and renowned for its performance and durability. Founded in 1889 by Paolo Ballarini, it began as a small crafts workshop fabricating metal utensils. Today the company has become part of the Zwilling J.A. Henckel’s family of brands.