On November 18 the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) and Unico Primo hosted the 6th annual Pentola d’Oro Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony in Vaughan, ON.
The gala takes place during “Centitalia: Gusto Cultural!”, a week-long event that showcases authentic Italian food.
The event celebrates the social role of the culinary arts, and the awards are bestowed in recognition of outstanding work by individuals and organizations in Ontario’s Italian culinary and beverage industry.
Here are the award winners for 2018:
Pentola d’Oro Award (sponsored by Jan K. Overweel Ltd.)
Ida Pusateri, owner, and Frank Luchetta, president, CEO and owner, Pusateri’s Fine Foods
True Italian Taste – Italy-Canada Award (sponsored by Air Canada)
Rob Nella, president, Nella Cutlery & Food Equipment
Best Pizza Award
Romolo Salvati, owner, Pizzeria Via Mercanti
Favourite Hotspot Award (sponsored by Pizza Nova)
Elena Morelli, Guido Saldini, Eron Novalski, owners, Aria Ristorante
LCBO Best Performing Italian Supplier
MASI Agricola S.p.A
The evening’s special guest was Oscar Farinetti, founder of Eataly and creator of FICO Eataly World. FICO – Italian Farming Factory is the world’s biggest food park with over a kilometre of shops, big brands, even farm animals, located in Bologna, Italy. Showcasing Italian biodiversity, the food park covers 100,000 square metres.
Farinetti explained his vision for Eataly’s opening in Toronto in 2019, and his love of all things Italian. The idea behind Eataly is to gather under one roof high-quality food at sustainable and reasonable prices, celebrate Italian biodiversity and create an informal, natural and simple place to eat, shop and learn.
The key difference between Eataly and other large food purveyors is that Eataly strives to make every store an experience unique to its location, Farinetti says.
“The speech by Mr. Farinetti was absolutely outstanding – and I would say incredibly uplifting,” ICCO executive director Corrado Paina told Grocery Business. “The whole idea behind food, for me, is that it’s not a competition to see who has the best food; it’s about making people aware that you have different options when you eat. The second big thing is that quality isn’t just about taste – it’s about health. That to me is the biggest issue.”