Contessa Giulia finds inspiration at Italy's Bay of Poets.

Nic Romano

Our classic Italian wafer cookies originated in Pistoia, Italy, just outside of Florence in the late 1800's. According to local folklore, a beautiful Countess from Torino named Giulia, attended a festival in Pistoia and fell in love with the anise-flavored wafer made sweet by nuns from Communion wafers.
On her return trip, she stopped at Portovenere which is often referred to as the "Bay of Poets." Being a full moon that night, she noticed the beautiful shape and soft glow of the moon resembled her newfound sweet treasure and reminded her of a past romance.
Inspired, she proclaimed it as the Cialde Luna or "Moon Wafer."

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