Siena is famous for its panforte, a sweet, dense cake city bakers created in the Middle Ages and still sold in shops all over town. Made from candied fruit and nuts glued together with honey, it resembles a gloopy fruit cake. Each shop has its own recipe, with the most popular varieties being sweet Panforte Margherita and bitter Panforte Nero. Try a slice at Drogheria Manganelli, Via di Città 71–73 ((tel) 0577-280-002), which has made its own panforte and soft ricciarelli almond cookies since the 19th century.
Authentic Sienese ceramics feature only black, white, and the reddish-brown “burnt sienna,” or terra di Siena. Ceramiche Artistiche Santa Caterina, with showrooms at Via di Città 74–76 ((tel) 0577-283-098) sells high-quality pieces, courtesy of Maestro Marcello Neri, who trained at Siena’s premier art and ceramics institutions, and his son, Fabio.
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