A large cookie/cake like Fregolotta Trevigiana, the sbrisolona is a great specialty of Mantua’s. Rows and rows of them can be found in every food and souvenir store, tightly wrapped in plastic and waiting to be swept away by eager tourists. I found tasting the tourist version a sorry experience — the label proudly proclaimed that it was made with pure vegetable shortening!
This version of the sbrisolona is one I worked out after tasting several in Mantua. The texture is crisp and crumbly, and the almonds add extra crunch.