CIRA has these core aims:
Our core values are Inclusiveness (a wish to involve anyone passionate about Italian foodways in our activities); and Rispetto, (a word that means more than respect, and conveys our commitment to honour the best of what Italians have developed for over 2000 years).
We will promote partnerships with educational and training institutions, create synergies with cultural organisations, encourage research and publications on regional Italian cuisine, and organise programs of Italian food scholarship.
Tradi'tion ^n. Belief or custom handed down from ancient ancestors to posterity, either orally or by practice
Evolu'tion ^n. Development, origination of species by adaptation to local circumstances
For most Australians, "la cucina italiana" is their introduction to Italian culture. The image of Italy, after Italian art, is most strongly linked to the themes of 'cucina' and gastronomy with their being served pasta as children.
Alongside tradition, there is a developing Italian-Australian style, enriched with local flavours and values. Australia has sometimes been described as Italy's 21st region. There are boundaries however beyond which food is no longer Italian but Italian styled. CIRA and no doubt other people in the industry are interested in exploring such boundaries in order to sharpen Australian senses for authentic Italian food and wine; their regional history and meaning; and exchange know-how with other members of the industry and the public, particularly with new generations of chefs and restaurateurs.