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The Golden bread of Domenico Melegatti

The legendary Christmas cake of all Italians was born... in Verona!

November 30, 2023

in the year 1894 a confectionery legend was born—the Pandoro cake, a masterpiece crafted by the ingenious Domenico Melegatti.

Our journey into the origins of this delightful creation takes us back to the 19th century, where Melegatti, a visionary pastry chef, sought to elevate the holiday spirit through his culinary artistry.

Inspired by the festive atmosphere of Verona and the desire to create a unique holiday treat, Melegatti unveiled the Pandoro in the early 20th century. Its name, "pan d'oro" meaning "golden bread," perfectly encapsulates the cake's radiant appearance and echoes the sunlit streets of Verona.

The Pandoro's distinct star shape, a nod to the Christmas star, immediately set it apart. Melegatti's innovative approach and commitment to quality ingredients ensured that this golden delight became a symbol of holiday joy not only in Verona but across the globe.

As we savor the timeless appeal of the Pandoro, let us celebrate Giandomenico Melegatti's legacy—a testament to the creativity and craftsmanship that define Veronese confectionery. Today, our enjoyment of this exquisite cake is a tribute to Melegatti's vision and the enduring spirit of Verona's culinary innovation.

Along our city tour we never miss the Melegatti palace, located in full downtown Verona, for spotting two stone-made pandoro at its top.
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