“Why the Holy Office did not forbid these sweets when it could?”, exclaims the firm Don Fabrizio of The Leopard. What delicacy can provoke such indignation in a man with a great moral rigour? They are the obscene Virgins’ pastries, “the breasts of Saint Agata sold by the monasteries and devoured by revelers!”. CATANIA OR AGRIGENTO? By reading the pages of the novel by Tomasi di Lampedusa, it would seem clear that the above quote is referred to the breasts of Saint Agata, that is, the typical cassatelle (pastries) of Catania sold during the celebrations of the patron saint. The…


Subscribe to continue reading. Already a subscriber? Sign in

Get every story
for €10 a month

You can cancel anytime.

SUBSCRIBE