Have your Presepio…

December 17, 2012 / Food & Wine
Rome, Lazio

panettonepresepe1Here’s a twist that we hadn’t yet seen. A veritable mash-up, to borrow a contemporary word. Except instead of combining two digital music files or video feeds, the mash-up in question consists of merging two Italian holiday traditions.

In this bar-caffe‘s window, traditional panettoni and pan d’oro have been hollowed out, dipped in dark chocolate, and used as the scene (pl., pronounced SHAY-neh, meaning scenes, settings, or stages) for equally traditional presepi (Christmas Nativity scenes).

Not a bad idea at all. And come January when the figurines get put away, you can eat the rest.

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GB

by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

13 Responses to “Have your Presepio…”

  1. Anne Robichaud

    Artistry and Christmas traditions even in the pastry shops.
    And after all, the Presepe is the Christmas focal point here (or was) – still hanging on..strongly felt here in Umbria: farm people scrambling on hillsides these days to get bags of moss for presepe-making

    Thanks, GB!

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  2. GB, You seem to get around. First the beach and now the streets of Rome. Your articles always make me hungry for food and for more things Italian. Have a great Holiday.

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  3. Maureen Svenson

    Bello, si. Except for one detail. “SHAY-neh” is not even close, if you’re trying to convey a phonetic pronuniation. “SHEH-nah”(one) or “SHEH-neh” (plural) is my suggestion, if you would like a non-Italian speaker to pronounce the word for “scene”.

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  4. francesco costa

    grazie, caro gb, per la tenerissima nota! ne approfitto per fare a te e ai tuoi cari i pi├╣ sinceri auguri di buon natale! un abbraccio, f.

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  5. Anita

    Great note, GB and a fun idea that I’ve never seen either. Probably a good idea not to make the figures edible to avoid arguments about who gets to munch on the baby Jesus. (And… I’m used to using the word presepe rather than presepio – how about the rest of you out there?)

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  6. BLUEBERRY

    YHANK YOU SO MUCH GB

    I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BUY PANNETONE HERE IN KENTUCKY FOR A FEW YEARS NOW I DO LOVE IT SOO MUCH THAT WE PURCHASE ENOUGH FOR A YAER AND FREEZE IT FOR MY HUSBAND TO MAKE ONE OF OUR FAVORITE BREAKFAST WITH THAT DELICIOUS BREAD, HE USES IT TO MAKE FRENCH TOAST.
    ALSO I GIVE IT TO OUR FIREMEN AND EVERY ONE THAT I LOVE TO SHOW MY APPRECIATION TO.
    NOW I HAVE THIS CHOCOLATE IDEA FROM YOU TOO.
    I CAN’T WAIT TILL DOMANI TO TRY IT :)
    IN OUR SAD WORLD WE NEED A BREAK, GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL YOUR ITALIEN AND INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS ESPECIALLY THE BAKERS WHO CREATE SUCH GREAT TASTING GOODIES FOR US TO ENJOY.

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