Thursday, 23 September 2010

GOURMET WORDS OF THE ITALIAN RIVIERA: CANESTRELLI

Canestrelli are Liguria's top-of-the-class cookies.
Round (sometimes daisy) shaped, their centre usually removed, they are appreciated in both sweet and savoury versions.
Sweet canestrelli call for flour, butter (the more, the tastier), eggs and sugar.
A regional glory - Brugnato (SP), Levanto (SP), Montoggio (GE), Isola del Cantone (GE), Sassello (SV), Taggia (IM)... , but their very capital is Torriglia (GE), a small village of the Alta Val Trebbia that hosts a mouthwatering canestrelli fair, too.
In bygone times they were eaten during Eastertime. Nowadays, they are a year-round gourmet delight.
Wine pairings ask for passiti, so enjoy them with a glass of amber-precious DOC Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà.

A presto e buon appetito!

Luisa Puppo
Ligucibario

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