This dessert in typical Fleur-de-lis shape, which only a handful of bakeries and the odd granny from Palestrina and Castel San Pietro Romano still make, strictly by hand, is actually a lot more than a simple biscuit. In 2014, Slow Food added it to the list of products to be saved, since 400 years after its invention it was at risk of disappearing due to laborious preparation techniques.
The Giglietto is a genuine work of art created by the able and devoted hands of local women who fortunately keep this tradition alive. Pick one up in Palestrina at the Pasticceria Elena, the Panificio Preneste and the Forno Salomone, and in Castel San Pietro Romano at the Forno Fiasco.
Photo credits: @Ricolli