Which are the icons of Italian cuisine? Spaghetti? Coffee? Tomato sauce? Mozzarella? Lasagna? "I Love Italian Food", a non-profit organization launched in 2013 to spread the passion for authentic Italian food and cuisine abroad, asked this question to his community, and the winner were Parmigiano Reggiano, pasta and Prosciutto di Parma. Pizza, olive oil, tiramisù, ice cream, coffee (well, espresso), mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, ravioli and risotto made the top 12.
I Love Italian Food is currently supported by a network of nearly five thousand of food bloggers, chefs, restaurants, retailers and cookery schools, and in less than 12 months the new Ngo also gained the enthusiasm of 700.000 "friends and foodies", and their taste helped to shape this ranking.
Once the icons of Italian cuisine had been chosen, I Love Italian Food decided to engage in new campaigns to promote them. Accordingly, the twelve most voted products will be involved in the project "2015: a 100per100 Italian Year". In the year of Expo Milan, that is in a year when the eyes of the world will be focused on Italy, these 12 products will team up with 12 Chefs, 12 photographers and 12 recipes to promote Italian cuisine. In particular, all these products have been assigned to a Chef who has to offer a composition, a dish or a recipe to celebrate it. The oeuvre will then be immortalized by a photographer and become the cover image of I Love Italian Food Facebook page for 30days, like a Google Doodle, every month from now until the end of the year.
Parmigiano Reggiano is then the protagonist of January, and this delicious cheese has been celebrated by two-Michelin-starred Chef Moreno Cedroni, who is considered one of the most innovative Italian chefs, with a "Tortellino ripieno di Parmigiano Reggiano liquido, salsa di pomodoro, marmellata di Aceto Balsamico di Modena e Carne Cruda" (Tortellini filled with liquid Parmigiano, tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar jam, and row meat).