Simple gestures have their roots in ancient knowledge
Since Roman times
The first traces of the Chiacchiere date back to the times of the ancient Roman Empire. In fact, during the pre-Lent period, it was a tradition to prepare a large amount of sweets to distribute to the people: they were called Frictilia and they had to be “tasty”, easy to prepare and cheap. That’s why they consisted in simple and easy-to-find ingredients such as water, flour, eggs, then were finally fried in pork fat (lard) because it was very cheap and at the same time gave an intense flavor. The Frictilia, were cooked in large quantities because they had to be kept throughout Lent, and it was the lard that ensured their preservation.
As the Roman Empire extended almost throughout Italy, varieties of the original recipe developed in different regions, depending on the tastes and traditions of the various territories, starting from sweet or salted fried bread dough
The Chiacchiera in recent times
The Chiacchiere today
The origin of the name
The housewives, during holidays, after having lunch at home with friends and relatives, offered the chiacchiere together with good wine as an afternoon snack during card games. Here there were no discussions only Chiacchiere (Chattering)
An Emiliano-Romagnolo tradition rooted in Dozza, one of the hundred most beautiful medieval villages in Italy.
The village is situated on the ridge of a hill and it’s like an open-air museum where nature, art and food blend in perfect harmony. You can see the Sforzesca fortress, the seat of the regional wine shop and the painted walls of the houses made by famous contemporary art artists.
It is in this land of culture, of food and wine traditions that the Carmonini brothers continue to keep alive the original recipe of the ancient product: the salted Chiacchiere.