“Fugascina” is a typical sweet biscuit traditionally baked in the ovens of Mergozzo (VB).
Don Ernesto Colli, a village priest, writes in his History of Mergozzo (1935) that no holiday celebration is more eagerly awaited by the “Focolanti del Sasso” (a small local community) than St. Elisabeth’s Day, which falls on the first Sunday following July 2nd.
In the week preceding the festivities, every member of the community is kept busy decorating the house fronts, and the communal wood-burning oven overlooking the village turns out tray after tray of mouth-watering sweet fugascina day in and day out. Every family is entitled to two whole Fugascina to complete the day’s mouth-watering banquet. Characterising local taste and colour, no guest or relative allowed to go out the door without at least a handful of special St. Elisabeth’s Day biscuits to take home.
“Al Vecchio Fornaio Pasticcere”, the town’s bakery and confectionary shop, has managed to keep this tradition alive by preserving the old recipe and offering, always freshly baked, this unique speciality whose buttery goodness reflects the history, celebration and hospitality of Mergozzo.