Every town in Italy has a good pasticceria or two. Italians love eating sweet foods, although generally speaking Italian housewives do not make their own gateaux, preferring to leave the expert to make them.
Sweets are not eaten every day in an Italian household but reserved for special occasions, national holidays and feast days, of which there seem to be so many, so there is always an excuse to buy special cakes! Fruit is served after a meal on ordinary days. On Mother’s Day in Italy, children and adults buy wonderful pastry creations to deliver to their mothers and grandmothers. With their arms laden with flowers and beribboned boxes of cakes they are a sight to see.