ICCO Unico Primo Pentolo d'Oro 2019 award recipientsICCO Unico Primo Pentolo d'Oro 2019 award recipients

The Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) celebrated the efforts of individuals who have helped to promote the foods and beverages of Italy during the 7th annual Pentola d’Oro awards.

The ICCO Unico Primo Pentola d’Oro awards gala is the culmination of a week-long event “Centitalia: Gusto Cultural” during people in the food and beverage industry come together to celebrate Italian cuisine, says Corrado Paina, ICCO’s executive director.

“We’re honouring people who have made a commitment towards the promotion of Italian food and beverage. These are people who are influencing the market and bringing their own ideas of authentic Italian products into the market here in Canada.”

Paina says the Pentola d’Oro is named for the tradition in Italy of chefs who cook risottos in golden pots.

Corrado Paina, executive director of ICCOCorrado Paina, executive director of ICCO

This year’s award recipients include:

  • Gus Longo, co-founder, Longo Brothers Fruit Markets, who received the Pentola d’Oro award
  • Frank Gambioli, senior vice president market merchandising and promotions, Loblaw Companies Limited, recipient of the Italy-Canada Award, sponsored by Air Canada
  • Gesualdo Mastruzzo, president, Numage Trading Inc. winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by IC Savings
  • Alessandro Buccianti, owner Punto Gelato, Best Gelato Award
  • Mauro DiLauro, owner, Avenue Cibi e Vini, Favourite Hotspot Award
  • Santa Margharita Gruppo Vinicolo, LCBO Best Performing Italian Supplier

Tony Altomare, ICCO Co-President; Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor of City of Vaughan; Rosanne Longo, Longo's, accepting the Pentoloa d'Oro Award on behalf her father Gus Longo; Patrick Pelliccione, ICCO Co-PresidentTony Altomare, ICCO co-president; Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor of City of Vaughan; Rosanne Longo, Longo's, accepting the Pentoloa d'Oro Award on behalf her father Gus Longo; Patrick Pelliccione, ICCO co-president

Frank Gambioli Loblaw Italy Canada award sponsored by Air CanadaFrank Gambioli, Loblaw Italy-Canada award, sponsored by Air CanadaPatrick Pelliccione, ICCO Co-President and Jan K Overweel; Fausto Gaudio, ICI Saving; Gesualdo Mastruzzo, Numage Trading, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award; Tony Altomare, ICCO Co-PresidentPatrick Pelliccione, Jan K. Overweel and ICCO co-president; Fausto Gaudio, ICI Saving; Gesualdo Mastruzzo, Numage Trading, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award; Tony Altomare, ICCO co-president

Alessandro Buccianti, Punto Gelato, Best Gelato AwardAlessandro Buccianti, Punto Gelato, Best Gelato Award

Tony Altomare, ICCO Co-President; Mauro Di Lauro;  Avenue Cibi e Vini, favourite hotspot award; Domenic Primucci, president Pizza Nova; Patrick Pelliccione, ICCO Co-PresidentTony Altomare, ICCO co-president; Mauro Di Lauro; Avenue Cibi e Vini, favourite hotspot award; Domenic Primucci, president Pizza Nova; Patrick Pelliccione, ICCO co-president

“In the first year of this award, we actually gave a golden pot. In Italy, every chef has a golden pot and this event is a meeting point of industry for everyone who promotes foods and beverages of Italy, from the distributors who bring many foods to Canada to the small innovator and start-up who brings new products from Italy into Canada.”

Corrado adds that there is room for trade partnership growth between Canada and Italy and ICCO plays an active role in supporting this relationship.

“Italy exports about $8.5 billion into Canada and Canada exports about $2.5 billion to Italy, so there is major room for improvement. With Italian wine for example, consumption in Canada is growing and it is higher than Italian wine consumption in the U.S.”

Wines of ItalyWines of Italy

Nicola Farinetti, global chief executive officer of Eataly, was the special guest at the event. Nicola helped bring the now largest Italian marketplace in the world into North America. Eataly made its Canadian debut to much fanfare on November 13.

Nicola Farinetti, Eataly CEONicola Farinetti, Eataly CEO

Italian prosciuttoItalian prosciutto

Food Basics Team: Paul Bravi, Anna Borselino, Paula and Sal Galle, Michelin Chef, Sue and Carmen Fortino, Tony and Franca MongilloFood Basics Team: Paul Bravi, Anna Borselino, Paula and Sal Galle, Michelin Chef Pino Barbino of Ristorante La Tenuta dei Frati, Sue and Carmen Fortino, Tony and Franca Mongillo

 

Vince Scorniaenchi, Fortinos and Anthony Longo, Longo's Vince Scorniaenchi, Fortinos with Anthony Longo, Longo's

Jacqueline and Jamie Moody, Tree of LifeJacqueline and Jamie Moody, Tree of Life

Patrick Defina, Frank DeMichino and Angelo Boras, ItalpastaPatrick Defina, Frank DeMichino and Angelo Boras, Italpasta

Frank Gambioli, Loblaw Companies Limited; Tony Morello, Aurora Importing and DistributingFrank Gambioli, Loblaw Companies Limited; Tony Morello, Aurora Importing and Distributing

 Greg Ramier and Frank Gambioli, Loblaw Companies LimitedGreg Ramier and Frank Gambioli, Loblaw Companies Limited

Russ Lucifora and Rino Cramarossa, Loblaw Companies LimitedRuss Lucifora and Rino Cramarossa, Loblaw Companies Limited

Vince Scorniaenchi, Fortinos; Frank Gambioli, Loblaw Companies LimitedVince Scorniaenchi, Fortinos; Frank Gambioli, Loblaw Companies Limited

 Nicola Farinetti Global CEO of Eataly and Jim Slomka Grocery BusinessNicola Farinetti, Global CEO of Eataly and Jim Slomka, Grocery Business

Jan. K. Overweel Limited booth with Ingrid Rathgeb-Rodriguez and Emma Pelliccione

Jan. K. Overweel Limited booth with Ingrid Rathgeb-Rodriguez and Emma Pelliccione

Unico boothUnico booth

FerreroFerrero

Concord National boothConcord National booth

Pane Fresco and Fortinos' boothPane Fresco and Fortinos' booth

 Food Basics' Frank Jaja with his wife LauraFood Basics' Frank Jaja with his wife Laura

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