Sfratto: The Multi-Cultural Dessert That Could

One of our readers from Italy turned us on to these amazing little dessert rolls. These are from a shop in Pitigliano (Little Jerusalem) and the name traces back to an American writer Elena Servi, who described the history of the Jewish community from 1528 until the early ’40s. In this history, the Jews were evicted from their homes in Rome, so these desserts come from the name “Sfratto” = “eviction”, has a shape of the rod with which the Jews were evicted from in their homes in Rome. The roll is stuffed with honey, walnuts, orange peel and cinnamon. Thanks for the tip Velio!


By Elie Ayrouth

Elie is a product of Orange County, CA. In early 2012, his dentist diagnosed him with 8 different cavities, three of which on the same tooth, as a result of his 23-year Sour Patch Kid addiction.

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