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** NEW: Pasticceria Penso -- The Best Bakery in Trieste Italy (Free Italy Travel Advice) **


This is an excerpt from the longer article Eat Your Way Through The Friuli--Venezia Giulia Region of Italy which appeared in the September 2010 issue of Dream of Italy:



My fondest memory of Trieste will always be the day I first stepped into Pasticceria Penso. My timing seems predestined -- I arrived on a blustery February morning just as a few dozen chocolate cakes were being pulled from the oven. I was immediately invited back into the cozy kitchen to watch their transformation into Torta Sacher.

The patriarch of the family-run bakery, Italo Stoppar, doused each layer of cake with Maraschino liqueur, then spread on a thick coat of apricot preserves. His son Antonello drizzled the top with dark chocolate ganache, which was soon followed by a garnish of chocolate sprinkles around the sides. This was just the first of many such mornings; the next year, I arranged for an apartment across the street, so that I could spend countless hours observing their techniques—and sampling every cream-stuffed, chocolate-glazed, fruit-filled morsel I could possibly devour.

The bakery was founded in 1920 by Trieste native Narciso Penso. When he died in 1971, the store was bought by one of his young employees, Italo Stoppar, who had begun working at Penso in the 1960s after a stint as a pastry chef on the cruise ship Lloyd Triestino.

Today, as Stoppar passes on the trade to his two sons, Lorenzo and Antonello, Pasticceria Penso is truly a family business. Brother-in-law Giovanni also helps out in the kitchen, while Italo's wife, Rosanna, and Giovanni's wife, Silvana, tend to customers. The mood is light, the kitchen functioning like a well-choreographed ballet, each person silently knowing everyone else's next move.

Italo's role is both slicer and icer. He can usually be seen preparing the layered cakes and jelly rolls -- slicing the cakes into layers, spreading them with buttercream frosting, whipped cream, ganache, or caramel, and finally slicing the sheet cakes into the proper rectangular serving size. His steady hand also garnishes birthday cakes with whipped cream flowers and flourishes, piping special messages in chocolate icing.



Lorenzo is in charge of dough, filling tartlet pans with crostata crust and rolling puff pastry for strudel. Antonello handles a little of everything, from applying fruit garnishes to measuring and mixing cake batter, from sorting and grinding almonds for marzipan to melting chocolate for ganache.

True to Trieste's multiethnic roots, Pasticceria Penso specializes in the pastries from Austria and Hungary, such as the ever-popular Sacher and Dobos cakes, as well as the ubiquitous local desserts presnitz, putizza and pinza. In all, they make around thirty-five different types of pastries, cakes, and cookies, which are purchased by locals for both special anniversary celebrations and as a Sunday post-church ritual. The sturdier pastries are also shipped to clients throughout Europe, the United States, and Australia.

In a city that clings to heritage and tradition, Pasticceria Penso is surprisingly one of just a few surviving bakeries from its era. The quality of their product is surely what has kept Penso in business for so many years. They use only butter -- unlike many modern bakeries that rely on margarine to prolong shelf life -- and always top-quality ingredients, from the richest, darkest baking chocolate to the Bulgarian rose oil that flavors the pink fave dei morti cookies. Their key to success is perhaps identical to the inherent nature of Trieste itself -- classic Viennese precision combined with pure Italian passion.

The Details: Pasticerria Penso - Via A. Diaz, 11; Trieste; (39) 040 301530; www.pasticceriapenso.com; Closed Monday

-- Elisabeth Antoine Crawford

Instilled with a lifelong passion for Italy, Elisabeth Antoine Crawford chose to explore the cuisine of Friuli–Venezia Giulia and write Flavors of Friuli: A Culinary Journey Through Northeastern Italy after being seduced by her first Friulian dinner of frico and cjarsòns. A former modern dancer and Pilates instructor, she is also the author of Balance on the Ball: Exercises Inspired by the Teachings of Joseph Pilates. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Michael, and son, David. Visit her Web site at www.flavorsoffriuli.com

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