Our ambition is to be Ambassadors of the ‘Made in Italy’ delivering to your home only high quality agricultural products and foodstuffs coming from several regions of the ‘Bel Paese’ – Beautiful country of Italy. All food items listed on this website fall into one of the following EU quality schemes:
- "Protected Designation of Origin" (PDO)
- "Protected Geographical Indication" (PGI)
We want to explain briefly the meaning of all these recalling the Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012, and most of all highlighting to you the Italian equivalent of these quality logos because sometimes on the packaging you can find the Italian version of the same schemes instead of the European
Protected Designation of Origin – PDO, equivalent to the Italian ‘Denominazione di Origine Protetta’ - DOP: covers agricultural products and foodstuffs which are produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised know-how. Few examples of foodstuffs under this scheme are: Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Fontina cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese or San Marzano tomato.
Many Italian wines are grouped under this quality scheme, however the Italian Government is still allowing wine makers to use the old trademarks ‘Denominazione di Origine Controllata’ – DOC and ‘Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita’ – DOCG. In order to apply for these two trademarks wine makers have to follow the same standard for the Protected Designation of Origin products or foodstuffs.
Protected Geographical Indication – PGI, equivalent to the Italian ‘Indicazione Geografica Protetta’ - IGP: covers agricultural products and foodstuffs closely linked to the geographical area. At least one of the stages of production, processing or preparation takes place in the area. Some examples of products and foodstuffs under this category are: Amalfi Coast Lemon, Gragnano Pasta, Giffoni Hazelnut or Pachino Tomato.
Several wines are included into this quality scheme and, as per above, the Italian Government is still allowing wine makers to use the old trademark ‘Indicazione Geografica Tipica’ – IGT.