Italian cuisine lands in Israel and Palestinian territories

15 November, 18:13

    Dieta mediterranea (fonte: pixabay) Dieta mediterranea (fonte: pixabay)

    TEL AVIV/JERUSALEM - Italian cuisine has landed in Israel, where the market is continually increasing, as well as in the Palestinian territories, where courses are planned for local chefs.

    The Italian food sector in Israel is among the largest, with exports totaling 159 million euros and an increase of 13.1% in 2018. This takes on particular importance during the 4th edition of "Italian Cuisine Week in Israel", taking place November 17-23 as part of the Italian Foreign Ministry's event Italian Cuisine Week in the World to promote Italian food and wine.

    Focusing on the theme "Food Education: The Culture of Flavour", the week-long event includes a full calendar of activities coordinated by the Italian embassy and carried out by the Italian Cultural Institute of Tel Aviv, the Italian Trade Agency (ICE), the Italian National Tourism Board (ENIT), the Israeli-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Italian Culinary Academy with the main Israeli culinary institutions.

    The programme includes cooking lessons and dinners in Italian restaurants, as well as the 'true Italian espresso', aperitifs and national cocktails available for tasting in numerous locales in Tel Aviv. Regional dishes from Tuscany, Lazio, Campania, and Sicily will be served in the restaurants Pasta Mia, Ernesto, Caffé Napoli, and Sahki & Sahki. On the cultural front, in Tel Aviv and in Jerusalem there will be a prosecco tasting followed by a screening of the film "The Last Prosecco" by Antonio Padovan, to celebrate the adding of Italy's Conegliano and Valdobbiadene Prosecco Hills to UNESCO's World Heritage list. Italian Ambassador to Israel Gianluigi Benedetti said the week will showcase, together with the Italian Embassy's partners, "the best of the creativity and innovative ability of our chefs, promoting the Mediterranean diet as a healthy lifestyle and model of balanced eating available to everyone".

    In the Palestinian territories, the Italian Consulate General in Jerusalem said it is organising a series of "events aimed at promoting the culture of flavour and healthy eating, perfectly represented by the Mediterranean diet", which is on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The week is sponsored by the historic Italian pasta machine company Bottene and the Palestinian coffee producer Abu Rasheed, which uses only Italian machines. The consulate said tastings by well-known Italian chefs will be offered in Jerusalem, Nablus, Ramallah, and Bethlehem.

    Courses will be offered to "more than 100 local chefs to teach them the fundamentals of the culture of flavour and the production techniques of traditional homemade Italian pastas, their regional origins, and the influence on and of the Arab world", in collaboration with the ICE office in Amman, the Tourism Institute of the University of Bethlehem, and the Melkita Pastoral Centre of Ramallah.

    The Italian consul general in Jerusalem, Fabio Sokolowicz, said Italian Cuisine Week "is an effective way to promote Italian culture and bring together different traditions with common Mediterranean roots".

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