Mangia e bei

Fresh pastries and bakery, biscuit, confectionary and pastry products;

1. Product name:
Mangia e bei

2. Other names:

3. Short product description:
Mangia e bei are small hazel-coloured round cakes filled with mint or citrus syrup. They smell and taste like bread and syrup. They are produced all year round.

4. Production area:
Province of Prato.

5. Production status:
r disappeared r at risk r active

6. Production process:
The flour, eggs, fat (oil or lard), sugar and yeast are kneaded together in a bowl. The dough is left to rise on damp cotton cloths. The little cakes are shaped by hand on a wooden board and baked in a wood-fired oven. Once cooled, a hole is made in the upper section (with a finger) and filled with mint or citrus syrup.

7. Materials, equipment and premises used for production:
s Mixing bowl
s Wood board for shaping and portioning
s Cotton cloths for leavening
s “syrup pouring” cap
s wood-fired oven for baking

8. Notes on traditionalism, homogeneity of spread and persistence of production rules over time:

Mangia e bei owe their traditional character to their unique production method, which uses wooden boards and damp cotton cloths during leavening, and a wood-fired oven for baking. Their particularity also stems from the combination of ingredients, which also explains their name: the cakes are filled with mint or citrus syrup, so you can “eat” (mangia) and “drink” (bere) at the same time. The flour, eggs, oil and lard are all locally sourced ingredients. They were once made to celebrate the Prato Fair, 8-11 September, when it was tradition to buy these round cakes from the “chiccai” as a “peccato di gola” (gluttony) that even the most pious of people were permitted to enjoy on feast days. The use of mint or citrus syrup in the sweet has disappeared, at least in Prato. Mangia e bei date back at least 150 years.

9. Production:
Mangia e bei are no longer produced commercially. They are made at home or for small town feasts and festivals.

Fresh pastries and bakery products, biscuits, pastry and confectionery
Production area

Provincia di Prato.