|Colomba Pasquale, Peach and Hazelnut|
This rare dove only makes an appearance once a year at Easter so we had to wait. When the following Easter rolled around, we asked his parents where they purchased the basket. The details were hazy because his parents frequent several Italian markets, but we were directed to Milano Fruiterie in Little Italy since they have the largest selection of Italian products. We scoured the shelves only to find that they did not have the flavor we wanted. They have a load of cakes. We settled on a generic orange one. Our hearts weren’t in it, because we feared the manufacturer had stopped making the peach version. Upon returning home we sampled the cake. It was disappointing. It was slightly burned. It was cheap and we could taste the difference. And most of all – it wasn’t peach! Last year, we returned to Milano only to find there wasn’t a peach one to be had, so we tried a chocolate-orange one that I should not have wasted the calories eating – and normally I do love chocolate and orange together!
This year I decided that this hunt for the prize catch had gone on for far too long. There was a tag attached to the original cake that I had saved. I dug it out of its hiding place and Googled the keywords which led me to the Loison website. This is the award-winning Italian manufacturer of this delicious cake. On their website, I was able to locate the store in Montreal that sells Loison products. The store is Giannini on Lausanne in North Montreal. After a phone call to the store to ask about the peach cake, my husband and I planned a weekend adventure to North Montreal.
|Packaged Colomba Pasquale, Nocciolata alla Pesca.|
|The enormous Colomba Pasquale.|
|Pasta, olive oil and pickled vegetables.|
|Pasta and chocolates.|
|Gabriella Santoro, shop assistant, and Antonio De Cicco, owner.|
|Servingware and big wooden spoons.|
|Pots and pans imported from Italy.|
|Selection of Italian kitchenware.|
Giannini/Iris Importing and Distribution
9821 Lausanne; Montreal-Nord, QC H1H 5A6
Copyright © 2009-2011 Madame Monaco All Rights Reserved