A "Sweet" Risorgimento
The Scuderie del Quirinale is pleased to be able to offer its visitors a "sweet" Risorgimento, in the context of a joint project devised in conjunction with some of the historic makers of Italian delicacies, firms whose history goes hand in hand with the story of our country's national unification in that they first started trading either in or, in several cases, well before 1861.
The companies were delighted to take up the Scuderie's proposal that they play a role in the 1861. The Painters of the Risorgimento exhibition by offering their products free of charge to visitors.
The project kicks off on 10 October with Leone's famous sugar pastilles. The Leone company, established in 1857, is the maker of small sugar pastilles which were so popular that they earned it the honor of becoming official purveyor to the Royal Household.
On 8 November and 3 January it will be the turn of the Krumiri, a specialty from Casale Monferrato first manufactured in the 1860s, although 1878, the year in which King Victor Emanuel II died, has been designated as the official date to bolster the legend that the Krumiro cookie's curve is a tribute to the late King's handlebar mustache.
Delicacies manufactured by Strega will be offered to visitors on 3, 7, 8, 10 and 17 December. The Strega company, established in 1860 when its famous herbal liqueur was first invented, has diversified its range of products over the decades while remaining true to the original flavor of its herbal liqueur, now also the principal ingredient in a range of nougats and crunches.
Baratti e Milano, with its famous Gianduiotti and other specialties, will be sweetening visitors' days on 4, 5, 11 and 12 December. Established in Turin in 1858, the Baratti e Milano company was awarded the honor of becoming official purveyor to the Royal House.
And finally, on 13, 14 and 15 January, it will be the turn of Moriondo & Gariglio. Originally established in the Piedmont in 1850 but moving to Rome after the walls were breached at Porta Pia, Moriondo & Gariglio have been delighting the palates of gourmets from Rome and from the rest of Italy with their fine range of chocolates and other confectionery ever since.