Pastiera is a traditional Italian dessert that originated in the region of Campania, specifically in the towns and communes of Naples, Caserta, and Salerno. It is a sweet pastry made with a rich filling of cooked wheat, ricotta cheese, eggs, sugar, and flavored with orange blossom water and vanilla. The pastry is typically made with a shortcrust or puff pastry base and is often decorated with lattice patterns or cross shapes on top.
One of the most famous towns in Campania known for its pastiera is Naples. The city is renowned for its delicious and authentic version of this dessert. Another town where pastiera is popular is Caserta, which is famous for its Royal Palace and gardens. Salerno, a coastal town in Campania, is also known for its traditional pastiera recipe.
The Pastiera Napoletana has been recognized as a Traditional Agri-Food Product (PAT) by the Italian government. This recognition ensures that the recipe and production methods of the pastiera are preserved and protected. The specifications for the PAT recognition include the use of specific ingredients, such as wheat, ricotta cheese, and orange blossom water, as well as the traditional preparation techniques.
– “Pastiera Napoletana” – Italian Food Excellence (italianfoodexcellence.com)
– “Pastiera Napoletana” – Accademia Italiana della Cucina (accademiaitalianadellacucina.it)