Every year, before Christmas, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana becomes the City of Chestnuts: three days in which DOP neccio flour, mondine, polenta and mulled wine are spotlighted. But that's not all: it's also an opportunity to enjoy another local specialty, 'Mandolata'. Perhaps still not well-known, mandolata is a traditional dessert from Rione Santa Lucia, one of the historic villages of Castelnuovo. The recipe has always been handed down through the generations and is prepared every 13 December - in honour of the anniversary - by the locals. Despite its name, which suggests an almond-based dough, mandolata is a kind of crunchy sweet that is made with chestnut honey and walnut kernels. The method is very precise and requires particularly steps. However, here we have provided you with the recipe, so you can give it a try at home (otherwise, to celebrate Santa Lucia, go to Castelnuovo on December 13).