I first discovered my passion for these tiny pastries when I lived in Arezzo for a month while attending language school. As luck would have it there was a pasticceria located across from the entrance to my apartment. I made a point of stopping there each morning on my way to class and would buy a little something to enjoy during our morning break.
When I moved on to other Italian towns I mistakenly assumed that it would be easy to find a similar type pastry shop. I soon found out that this wasn’t the case. There are shops selling cornetti and other breakfast pastries, but not always my favorite-i pasticcini. Is it a regional specialty? I’m not sure. I never found any in Bologna although a few cafes in Lucca do sell them.
On our recent stay in Rome I had a mission to find such a shop. I searched on line for pastry shops and found one selling Sicilian specialties located not far the Pantheon. The shop is beautiful and the staff is attentive, but no pasticcini. One morning when we were on a mission to find Baladin (an Italian brew pub) we passed a store with pastries in the window. In we went and I tried to order just one, but that wasn’t to be. My first choice was the one with pistachios (fourth from left in the photo) and then I ordered on topped with chocolate. The pistachio was my favorite.