Fresh pastries and bakery, biscuit, confectionary and pastry products;
1. Product name:
Rustici di Montalcino
2. Other names:
3. Short product description:
Rustici di Montalcino are small, light yellow, rectangular biscuits. They taste like pastry and almonds and snap well. They’re sold in transparent bags.
4. Production area:
Municipality di Montalcino, province of Siena.
5. Production status:
r disappeared r at risk r active
6. Production process:
The ingredients – flour, egg, sugar, honey and almonds – are mixed to get a dough, which is then shaped into biscuits by hand. Lemon flavouring is added and the biscuits are baked in the oven at 180°C. They are packaged by hand.
7. Materials, equipment and premises used for production:
s Electric mixer
8. Notes on traditionalism, homogeneity of spread and persistence of production rules over time:
The traditional character of rustici di Montalcino comes from the combination of ingredients, common in Sienese sweets, and the unique method, which has remained unchanged over time thanks to the dexterity and skill of the people who have passed down their experience over generations. They are eaten with vin santo or moscadello di Montalcino wine.
Rustici di Montalcino are made by one pastry shop in Montalcino for an annual quantity of about 40-50 tonnes. The product is sold primarily in the area. Only a small portion is sold in the rest of the region and exported overseas, mostly to Germany. Repeat customers are individuals who buy the product directly from bakers or from storeowners in the area.