The tradition of the “Turtlitt ad Sant’Antoni” has its roots in an ancient time linked to the village of S.Antonio in Trebbia (Piacenza) and to the celebration of the patronal feast which takes place on January 17th.
On this date it was customary for the inhabitants of the town and of the neighbouring villages to go to S. Antonio a Trebbia to receive the blessing that the priest gave to the fields, the animals and the people and to taste the “turtlitt”.
People used to celebrate the feast with lunches shared with relatives and friends, who did not live in the village and, at the end of the meal, to offer them the traditional “turtlitt” as dessert.
In the past the sweets, rigorously fried in hot lard, were prepared in the single houses and in the taverns, so that the scent invaded all the village.
In March 2007, on request of the elementary school of S. Antonio, the recipe by Mrs. Giuseppine Zucca was enrolled in the Municipal register and became a De.Co (Municipal Denomination of Origin).
Similar recipes are sold throughout the province during the Carnival period.
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