312 Chicago, was granted a special Italian seal of oval for cuisine at an awards dinner March 17 held at the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame.
"The 'Ospitalita Italiana' seal was given to the restaurants by the Italian government, certifying them as authentically Italian, and was part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the unification of Italy. The awards dinner was co-sponsored by the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce and the Milan Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International.
Each restaurant had to meet 10 criteria, including having a menu written in proper Italian, having one staff member who could speak to guests in Italian, and employing a head chef who had trained in Italy for six months. The restaurants must reapply for their seals in 12 to 18 months. Six hundred restaurants worldwide were given the honor."