The cialde of Montecatini Terme are a symbol of the city's cuisine. You can find them at stands at traditional festivals and local fairs and they are bound to catch your attention.
The wafer is a sweet, crumbly biscuit, that's always prepared using natural ingredients, without preservatives or colourings.
They're shaped like compact golden discs, and taste similiar to wafers, with an irresistible filling of almonds and sugar and a delicate aftertaste of vanilla.
They were invented in the 1920s by an innovative family of pastry chefs at a time when Montecatini was characterized exclusively by elite tourism. Today, cialde are known all over the world and are especially enjoyed when served with gelato and whipped cream, or for a child's breakfast.
The recipe involves the preparation of a dough with milk, eggs and flour. Once blended, pour the mixture onto hot plates that form two thin sheets on which the filling of Italian almonds and sugar is placed. A press closes the filled sheets and stamps a medallion with the symbol of the city.