‘Ospitalita Italiana’ is a complimentary, voluntary and yearly renewable certification process which highlights the importance of the quality and authenticity of Italian Restaurants around the world.
Develop and promote the traditions of the Italian cuisine;
Expand the Italian food and wine sector on a global scale;
Nurture and enhance the image of Italian restaurants that uphold and respect the high quality and standards that are synonymous with Italian cuisine and hospitality abroad;
Tackle the growing issue of restaurants “Italian Names” – whereby restaurants with seemingly Italian names are assumed, sometimes wrongly, to be serve high quality Italian food. The Ospitalita Italiana project will help to correctly recognize and award the real Italian restaurants by evaluating and assessing the ingredients and cooking style they use;
Create an international network around which events can be organized to promote Italian products of the highest quality;
Create new opportunities and events to promote Italian restaurants and Marchio Ospitalità Italiana worldwide.
Synonymous with Italian cuisine is excellence, quality and hospitality and accompanied by close attention to detail that surpasses simple “eating”. Restaurants that embrace the tradition of culinary excellence are considered genuine “Ambassadors of the ‘Italian palate’, and Italy’s rich culture”.
As at November 2014, more than 1600 restaurants have been certified, spread across 45 different countries, including cities like New York, London, Sydney, Melbourne and Dubai to name just a few, that have obtained a label assuring good Italian quality.
‘Ospitalità Italiana’ is a complimentary, voluntary and yearly renewable certification process which highlights the importance of the quality and authenticity of Italian Restaurants around the world. The Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand Inc. support and promotes the Italian Hospitality Seal ‘Ospitalità Italiana’ and the spirit of authenticity and tradition that it represents. The Chamber has and continues to be, a promoter of the “Made in Italy’ brand and products. With these authentic products, chefs who are trained in the art of traditional Italian cuisine are able to create tastes and flavours reminiscent of their land of origin from anywhere in the world.
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Applications for the ‘Ospitalità Italiana’ Italian Hospitality – Italian Restaurants in the World – 1st Edition New Zealand are now being accepted.
Restaurateurs that believe they qualify for consideration of this quality seal can submit their entries by contacting the Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand. Entries are closed for this year, but you can apply for next year by sending your entry by June 30th 2019.
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For further information, please contact
Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand Inc.
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Ospitalità Italiana”
Interested restaurants may apply to be considered for participation in this initiative, by sending the completed and signed application form to the Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand Inc. (Ref: Scheda Adesione eng 2013 doc/Restaurant Application Form) and forward to email@example.com Subject Line: Ospitalità Italiana by 30th June 2019.
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ADMISSION AND VISIT
ICCNZ reviews application and arranges a visit to the restaurant to complete an evaluation checklist. ICCNZ verifies all documentation and forwards the application to the external evaluation committee in Italy. During the visit, the evaluation checklist is completed, accompanied with photographs, pdf files of menus, wine lists, recipes etc., Chef’s CV and statements.
The candidates are considered by the external Evaluation Committee, based on prior compliance with the requisites for the certification.
The candidate restaurants are notified of the outcomes of the assessment by the Evaluating Committee. In the communication, where necessary, areas for improvement or changes to be implemented are outlined in a personalised manner.
In the start-up phase of the initiative, on the occasion of awarding certificates to restaurants, window stickers and plaques, ICCNZ will organise a press conference/launch event with the participation of local and national journalists. At the same event, the restaurants will enjoy further promotional activities, such as: a press conference in Italy for the launch of the initiative by video-conference with the principal cities of the continent, press conferences abroad to launch the initiative, internet publishing, mobile phone, applications for dissemination and on social networks, admission to the award-giving event of the “Italian Hospitality, Italian Restaurants around the World” that awards a prize to the structures most voted by customers. An awards event for certified New Zealand restaurants is planned to announce the recipients and present the plaques. Other promotional opportunities to be developed – Ospitalita Italiana special menu offer from certified restaurants, promotion on restaurants own website and Facebook pages.
The governing body, chaired by Unioncamere coordinates the “Ospitalità Italiana – Italian Hospitality, Italian Restaurants in the World” project. It is comprised of representatives from ministries, associations and agencies as well as the President of the Evaluating Committee. This Coordinating Committee is responsible for defining and continuously updating the 10 basic standards of good Italian Hospitality. The Evaluating Committee, whose Chairman is appointed by the Coordinating Committee, is the technical body involved in the scrutiny of the project and consists of a number of experts from major institutions and organisations. This technical body is responsible for assessing potential candidates in the lead up to the approval of the ’Ospitalita Italiana’ Italian Hospitality Seal.
The Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad (CCIE) and the Unioncamere and Assocamerestero aim to publicise this initiative and provide restaurateurs with the necessary information about the Italian Hospitality Seal and criteria for application. The Secretary General of the CCIE will inspect periodically that the standards of the “Italian Seal” are upheld by recipient restaurants. Technical support and secretarial assistance is provided by ISNART.