Fresh pastries and bakery, biscuit, confectionary and pastry products;
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3. Short product description:
Marzipan is either shaped in the typical pressed rings known as “marzapanini” or a larger “ruota acciambellata” (curled wheel) shape that’s 20-25cm in diameter. Straight from the oven, it’s a golden biscuit colour and has an unmistakeable fragrance. It has a textured, crunchy and almost bitter outer crust with a soft and sweet centre.
4. Production area:
Versilia and Lucca areas, especially in the municipality of Pietrasanta, province of Lucca.
5. Production status:
r disappeared r at risk r active
6. Production process:
The egg yolks are mixed with sugar and water before the beaten egg whites and sweet and bitter chopped almonds are added. The mixture is placed in a circular pan and baked in the oven. Afterwards, the marzipan is dusted with vanilla sugar.
7. Materials, equipment and premises used for production:
s Oven for baking
8. Notes on traditionalism, homogeneity of spread and persistence of production rules over time:
The production of Pietrasanta marzipan is certainly a centuries-old tradition. It’s fame is closely linked to that of the Fiera di San Biagio, held on 2 February, during which the residents of the villages scattered over the hills of Versilia and the Apuan mountains would come down to the beautiful walled city to “mark” their throats with the reliquary of the Holy Bishop and buy spring supplies. On this occasion, enjoying a slice of marzipan with a glass of Bianco di Ripa or Apuan Candia wine was a must. It was around the beginning of the 20th century that production really took off and gained fame with, among others, illustrious figures like Carducci, D’Annunzio, Montale and Puccini, mentioning it in some of their works.
All the bakeries in the area make marzipan, although the most famous are found in Pietrasanta. About 12 tonnes of the product are sold each year, primarily in the area and only partially (10%) across the rest of Tuscany. Customers include individuals, restaurateurs and local stores.