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The “Nocchie”, hazelnuts, are part of the Mediterranean diet and are the basis of many desserts such as “tozzetti”, the “ossetti da morto”, the “brutti ma buoni”, the “mostaccioli” in donuts and meringues, but also for meat dishes such as rabbit stew.

Their consumption dates back to pre-Roman times and is mentioned in several documents. We know they were especially welcomed by Pope Leo X by the “History of the Roman Carnival”.

In the twentieth century the reputation of Hazel Romana, Tonda Gentile Romana and Nocchione, has grown and the “National Prize of the Dolce with Tonda Gentile Romana DOP” has been created with the participation of chefs and pastry chefs.



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