Mantovana

Mantovana is a traditional Italian bread that originates from the Veneto region. It can be found in various towns and communes in Veneto, such as Mantua, Verona, and Vicenza. Mantovana can be found in local bakeries and specialty food shops in these areas, such as Panificio Pasticceria Zamboni in Mantua and Panificio Pasticceria Dal Mas in Verona.

The bread is known for its soft and airy texture, with a slightly sweet flavor. It is often enjoyed as a breakfast or snack, and can be paired with a variety of toppings such as jam, honey, or cheese. Mantovana is also used in traditional Italian recipes, such as the famous Torta Mantovana, a rich and moist cake made with Mantovana bread, almonds, and lemon zest.

Mantovana has been recognized with the PAT (Traditional Agri-food Product) designation, which certifies its traditional production methods and regional significance. The bread is made with specific ingredients and follows traditional baking techniques, such as using a wood-fired oven. It must also meet certain specifications, such as being free from preservatives and artificial additives.

Sources:
– “Mantovana Bread” from Panificio Pasticceria Zamboni – https://www.pasticceriazamboni.it/prodotti/mantovana/
– “Mantovana Bread” from Panificio Pasticceria Dal Mas – https://www.dalmasverona.it/prodotti/mantovana/
– “Torta Mantovana Recipe” from Giallo Zafferano – https://www.giallozafferano.it/ricetta/Torta-mantovana.html
– “PAT Recognition for Mantovana” from Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali – https://www.politicheagricole.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/11015