Almond pastry incorporates all the secrets, history and traditions of Sicilian confectionery. It is also a symbol and a homage to the land of Sicily with its colours, fruits and scents. In fact almond pastry is made with honey, decorated with icing sugar and often flavoured with lemon and orange zest. In Sicily, it is called Pasta Riali, which means "Royal Pastry", because it is so good that it is worthy of being given to royalty. According to history, it was first made in the church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio Giorgio di Antochia for King Ruggero II in the 12thcentury.