Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Rome's Special Pastry @ Brunetti Carlton

Home > Melbourne > Cafes | Family | Food and Wine | Patisserie
by Lionel (subscribe)
Join me as I travel, play, eat, live and work in cities and places around the world.
Published October 9th 2012

A chance visit to Brunetti Carlton off Lygon Street brought back fond memories of Bella Roma. It all happened after a satisfying lunch at Michelino's, with the decision of pastry and coffee at the famed Italian pasticceria of Melbourne.

Brunetti Carlton offers an wide selection of dainty and alluring mignon and dolci to please the eye. As I scanned the extensive display, my eyes rested on a light doughnut pastry filled with strega chantilly cream and coated in sugar - the Bigne di San Giuseppe of Roma.


This unassuming fried dough ball has an important place in the hearts of many Italians. It is a special pastry made across Italy in celebration of Mary's husband and the feast day of Saint Joseph on 19 March, which is also Father's Day. Legend says that Joseph sold bignè when he was unemployed as a carpenter. He made it with flour, milk, butter, egg and lemon rind, then deep fried until they puff, and served filled with cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar when cooled.

In Southern Italy, this pastry is known as Zeppole or sfinge di San Giuseppe with a denser dough. In Rome I came to know it as Bignè di San Giuseppe, fried cream puffs filled with custard or ricotta. The original Roman recipe had jam-filled centres.


As I cut into my pastry, I fondly remember the streets of Rome in March, filled with the air of sweet and savoury bigné and the sight of these puffy clouds filling every pastry shop. I had the choice of uno piccolo for EUR0.80 to EUR2.00 for grande. I wonder if they serve this in the Brunetti shop in Singapore.

Bignè are taken very seriously in Rome but unfortunately the taste at Brunetti Carlton didn't match with the memory. I had better hot jam doughnut at Queen Victoria Market. Perhaps it time to return to Italy for the actual Festa di San Giuseppe and sample bignè across Rome.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  15
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? This piccolo fried pastry is special to Italian
When: Sunday – Thursday (6am – 11pm) Friday – Saturday (6am – Midnight)
Phone: (03) 9347 2801
Where: Melbourne's Little Italy
Cost: AUD4
Your Comment
More Melbourne articles
Articles from other cities
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Related
by Kaye Roberts-Palmer on 11/06/2015
by Lionel on 09/10/2012
by Leona (Devaz) Fensome on 06/10/2013
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions