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Giant Artistic Mostaccioli from Soriano Calabro

Giant Artistic Mostaccioli from Soriano Calabro

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The mostaccioli

Soriano Calabro is known for its confectionary vocation, owes its notoriety to the mostaccioli or mastazzola, compact biscuits of various shapes and decorated with aluminum foil. There are traditionally about fifty shapes and forms of which the most widespread are the palm "a Parma", the basket "u Panaru", the vase "a Grasta", the heart "u cori", the swordfish "u pisci sword" , the "mermaid" siren. According to Luigi Accattatis in his vocabulary of the Calabrian dialect, the mostaccioli are "Mustazzuolu or mostacciolo is a dessert introduced by the Arabs which is made of fine flour mixed with honey or cooked wine, seasoned with various spices and cooked in the oven. The people use this berlingozzo, more than on other occasions, in marriages.
Giovan Battista Marzano is more precise "the mostaccioli are homemade sweets made with flour, honey, cooked must, seasoned with drugs, in a rhomboid shape like puppets, baskets and the like; the name derives from the Latin mustaceus or mustaceum, from mustacea, an ancient wedding focaccia.
In any case, the origin of the mostaccioli is uncertain, the legend entrusts their diffusion to a monk, who appeared and then disappeared into thin air, who would have generously offered them to the population of Soriano. San Domenico would have watched over these particularly animated sweets, whose sanctuary it was a place of pilgrimage and worship, which becomes the patron saint of the mastazzolari and the master craftsman is called "u monacu".
Historically, the introduction of mostaccioli is attributed to the Carthusian monks of the monastery of Serra San Bruno and then to the Dominicans of the convent of San Domenico, built in 1510, who taught, supported and promoted the art of pastry and confectionery among the local artisans, thriving between the '600 and '700.

Handmade product without added preservatives.



Ingredients: Type “0” soft wheat flour, sugar, honey, flavourings.

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