Amaretti di Voltaggio

Apr 12, 2017 | Historical products

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The almonds are Italian, exclusively from the Bari area, and the paste is stone-milled. The shape is created by hand, and so is the moulding on the baking tin and the sweet-style banding. The taste is a symphony of sweet almond.
First created in the late nineteenth century by Attilio Cavo in a little village in the Ligurian Apennines, where the oven where they were baked for the very first time can still be seen, Amaretti di Voltaggio (Voltaggio macaroons) have been made in exactly the same way for a hundred years, by the same family, and presented in the same lovely Liberty-style box. They managed to win over the extremely exacting aristocrats from Liguria and Piedmont who used to go to Voltaggio for the summer, staying in the elegant hotels that had sprung up around the fashionable hydrotherapy spas and the first wellbeing centres. And thus they reached all the way to the Court of Savoy, to which the Cavo family became official purveyors. They are indeed a little part of the history of Genoa, and in 1924 they were sold in the shops that the Cavo family opened in the city known as the “Superba”, just near the grand hotels that served the port in the legendary age of transatlantic liners.
Patented in 1931, they are still the pride of the historic Pasticceria Liquoreria Marescotti Cavo in the most aristocratic area of Genoa with its famous little alleyways known as “carrugi”. There is a delightful anecdote about Amaretti di Voltaggio, for they were involved in a gentleman’s agreement reminiscent of a bygone age, when a handshake and a word could seal an eternal contract. On 29 March 2007 Alessandro Cavo was granted the right by the Marescotti estate to reopen the ancient Pasticceria, which had remained closed for thirty years. The brand was ceded to him for 99 years in exchange for the first Amaretto di Voltaggio produced each year, as well as an undertaking to display the portraits of Irma and Beniamino Marescotti in the shop.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1491488548464{margin-top: 30px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1491490998463{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}”]

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