Maritozzo con Panna

September 9, 2014 / Food & Wine
Rome, Italy

With the rientro in full swing and the summer holidays already distant memories, it’s go go go errands to run people to meet keep on going don’t stop.

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All this activity all of a sudden can be quite a shock. So consolation is warranted, and wise are the ones who find it where they can. Which in Rome is no further than your bona fide old-school local breakfast bar. Nary a better way to enhance neurotransmitter levels, bolster the immune system and improve your general psycho-physical well-being than with the all-time Roman favorite maritozzo con panna. (A light, soft raisin bun, often without raisins, whose whipped-cream filling defies known laws of physics.)

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One bar (next photos) has created a “mignon” version of the maritozzo, which actually seems to be selling better than the more noble, full-sized traditional version!! A most certain sign of the degeneration of our times. “O tempora, o mores!” indeed, Cicero. And utterly ridiculous too… any 3rd grader can tell you that half of infinite calories is still infinite calories.

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Ask any Roman about it and they will get glassy-eyed. The barista who served the following maritozzo embarked on a disquisition whose title, had it been published academically (which very well could have been, given the strength of its internal logic), might have read “Maritozzo; Not a thing, but a state of mind.”

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GB

by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

10 Responses to “Maritozzo con Panna”

  1. Angela Sopranzi

    I was in Rome in June, never saw anything like Maritozzo….ditto what Judy just said….is there a recipe? Also, the comment from the barista…how do you say it in Italian?

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  2. Pat Carney Ceccarelli
    Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    Ah! Relief our Editor is out there, on it, and keeping us in a happy optimistic frame of mind even from distant shires. Thank you, GB!

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  3. Giuseppe Spano
    Giuseppe Spano

    Oh Gb, you are an Orator,with such solid reasoning..yet Italy itself is a ‘State of Mind’…. and again Thank You

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  4. Frank J Bradley

    We will be going to Naples and the Amalfi Coast in October, any chance of finding them in that area?

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  5. Giuseppe Spano
    Giuseppe Spano

    You can find such in many but also look for Sfogliatelle Ricce and Pasticciotti, at one of the many Pasticcerie enjoy

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  6. Maritozzo….after all these years in Washington DC, I still dream of it. Every time they open a new cafe, I hope to find it there….but in vain.
    Those of you in search of the recipe: there is no point to make it at home! Even if you make it perfectly, which I doubt, you still have to make the panna, the real one which defies any law of physics, not the spray. Besides, the best part of eating it is at the bar, preferably sitting outside! Next time I’ll be in Rome, I’ll look for the maritozzino! Thanks a lot!
    Emanuela

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  7. Not fair, not fair, GB! Publishing those gorgeous pictures……made my mouth water, and set off a yearning to be back in Roma and relaxing with the paper and a cappuccino and maritozza to do a little people watching. Maybe in October?

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