These cookies are the result of a blending of Jewish tradition and Maremma gastronomy. Jews began to arrive in this part of Tuscany in the 16th century, fleeing the ghettos of Rome, Florence and Siena. The origins of sfratto date back to the 17th century, when Cosimo II de’ Medici ordered all the Jews in Pitigliano to move to a single neighborhood. His envoys went around beating on the doors of Jewish houses with a stick, forcing their eviction (“sfratto” in Italian). The cookie of the same name is shaped like a stick, with a very thin layer of unleavened dough wrapped around a filling of chopped walnuts, honey, orange peel and nutmeg.
Sfratto cookies are made all year, but especially during the Christmas period.
Pitigliano and Sorano Municipalities, Grosseto Province
Presidium supported by
Grosseto Provincial Authority, Municipality of Pitigliano
Strada Regionale Maremmana 74 est km 55.134
Tel. 324 8645260
Forno del Ghetto
di Francesca Ladu
via Zuccarelli 167
Tel. 389 6878911
Cantina L’Ottava Rima
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Via del Borgo 25