Almond pastries

The 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, in its various versions, the almond paste is always worked with honey and decorated with its icing sugar and frequently is flavoured with lemon and orange zest. In Sicily, it is called Pasta Riali, which means Real Paste, because it is so good that it is worthy to be given to royalty. According to history, it was made in the church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio Giorgio di Antochia, annexed to the convent of the Martorana, for King Ruggero II.