Italy Photo of the Week: Bergamo’s Signature Dessert


For this Italy photo of the week, we’re in Bergamo:

I’m told that this little treat is Bergamo’s signature dessert. It’s called polenta e osei, which is the local dialect for “polenta and birds;” it’s supposed to look like a nest of a pile of polenta with a little bird nestled on the top. These, while pretty, didn’t look at all like birds to me – though the rest did look amazingly like polenta, I’ll admit. We saw them in the windows of just about every pastry shop in Bergamo, in several different sizes.

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When you bite into a polenta e osei, you’ll discover that it’s a little cake with a layer of this thick fondant-like stuff (which is mixed with corn meal to produce that color) over the top. You can see what the inside looks like in this photo, which I managed to capture before the husband ate the whole thing.

Check out my other Italy photos and the other photos of the week!