TORONTO — The bounty and beauty of Rome was in full display last week when delegates of the Rome Chamber of Commerce travelled to Toronto to promote Rome at a “Rome Is More” event.
The delegation highlighted the food, olive oils and wines of the Lazio region, where Rome is located. “The products we’re most proud of are wines, oils, cheese and lamb,” said Giancarlo Cremonesi of the Rome Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re aiming to bring more of them to Canada so you can taste them.” Cremonesi went on to explain that there are 87,000 hecatares dedicated to oil production in the Lazio region, with some olive trees dating back 2000 years.
In addition to hosting a luncheon and workshop for restaurateurs and media, highlighting some of the region’s most famous dishes, including Veal Saltimbocca, the Chamber capped the day by hosting a gala dinner at Toronto’s Liberty Grand, featuring the music and flavours of the “Eternal City” together with the viewing of Franco Zeffirelli’s most beautiful photos of “Tribute to Rome.” Culinary specialties from Rome and Lazio, prepared by chef Oscar Turchi, highlighted the evening, which closed with a fashion show by designer Giada Curti, who recently returned from Altaroma Fashion Week in Rome.
“Rome is More” was organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario and Gruppo Meet, with the support of the Chamber of Commerce of Rome. The tour included stops in New York, Miami and Mexico City as part of a much-anticipated North American roadshow.