A sweet Roman tradition: Maritozzi!
March 28, 2019 / By Anthony J. Carro
Is it time for desert? Read on friends…
If you’re ever in Rome, I beg you to try this sweet Roman tradition - Maritozzi!
I had a maritozzo for the first time in Rome last year. I tried it in a little café with a small cup of intense espresso. Please, try to taste this with your imagination; this is not just an airy bun filled with spices, carrying the aroma of perfumed lemon but a sticky, mini cake filled with fluffy and sweet whipped cream that simply melts in your mouth. Can you taste it?
IT’S ALL IN THE NAME!
The word maritozzo, from “marito” in Italian means “husband”. It’s said that in the Middle Ages this sweet bun was offered by husbands-to-be to their future wives on Valentine’s Day and often hid a small golden object or ring! The bun was also a treat Catholics would indulge in after a long Lent. Isn’t history cool?