Italian tradition revived to give Panettone to those in need this Christmas

    The "suspended coffee" tradition extends to Christmas Panettone

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    The "caffè sospeso" tradition (Italian for suspended/pending coffee) originated in working-class cafés of Naples, Italy in the early 1900s. This is how it works. You, as a customer, pay for one coffee for yourself and then pay for one more and leave it suspended/pending. Then, another customer, a stranger in need, might visit the same bar later and say "is there any pending coffee?"

    This year, as Italy grapples with the disastrous social and economic consequences of the pandemic, a pastry shop in Milan, Pasticceria Buonarroti, came up with the idea for a 'suspended panettone', a traditional Christmas treat made with sweet bread, raisins and candied fruits.

    The average cost for a panettone varies a lot depending on the quality of the ingredients and availability. The average supermarket panettone costs around €13-15 per kg whereas handmade panettone(s) cost around €30-40 per kg. Buonarroti's panettone (500 kg) costs €20 but the price for a suspended panettone goes down to €13.

    Have you ever tried panettone?

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    Comments (7)

    • Panettone brings back happy memories,I had a friend who used to slice the cake diagonally in to 3 then stick it back together with Brandy Butter. Stay Safe Italy.

        11 days ago
    • This is as gloriously, wholesomely Italian as it gets.

        12 days ago
    • Panettone is so traditional at Christmas and evokes memories of having my grandmother’s egg bread with golden raisins. I always try to have at least one during the Christmas holiday :)

        11 days ago
      • there's an ongoing battle in Italy, panettone vs pandoro. I'm partial to panettone. However, for some reason, everybody agrees that candied fruits are evil. Everybody hates them. Not sure why

          11 days ago
      • Well we have the same animosity towards fruit cake here in the US :) I happen to like fruit cake when it is done well. I had a bakery that was near my house that made wonderful fruit cake during the Holidays but sadly his store closed :( Sigh....

          11 days ago
    • I like this idea of suspended Panettone! I still remember the first time I tried an Italian Panettone, the brand was Albertengo and it was so delicious!!

        12 days ago
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