Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Word of the week: biscotto

Our word of the week is biscotto, which in Italian simply means "cookie" (related to British English "biscuit"). In the US it is used for a particular kind of cookie, a rather hard and crunchy specialty (mostly) of Prato, near Florence, called cantuccini. While we're on the subject of breakfast stuff, let me point out that the word latte in Italian simply means milk; what you would order in Italy would be a caffelatte. If you ordered latte e biscotti in Italy, you would get milk and cookies, like a 4-year-old.

Above you see some of my favorite biscotti, those made by Mulino Bianco (a Barilla company). They are not widely available in the US and tend to be rather expensive.