One of my favorite times to be in Amalfi is on Sunday mornings during the autumn and winter months. There’s a happy and relaxed atmosphere with families out and about for a walk before the traditional (and big!) Sunday lunch. It’s even better when the sun comes out. Children, dressed in their Sunday best, run up and down the seaside promenades burning off energy and entertaining their parents. The pasticcerie, or pastry shops, are particularly busy on Sunday mornings. The shops are full of people oohing and ahhhing as they pick out their desserts to be wrapped up in pretty bundle with ribbons. A beautifully wrapped package of pastries is one of the most traditional gifts to bring when you’re invited to someone’s house for lunch in this part of Italy. And the selection is tantalizing!
Last Sunday while enjoying the beautiful November weather in Amalfi, I stopped by Pasticceria Pansa, one of my favorite pastry shops in Amalfi, to see the Sunday morning hubbub. But, I couldn’t leave without this lovely sfogliatella, which I enjoyed while strolling up and down the promenade overlooking the Marina Grande beach. The sfogliatella is a traditional Neapolitan pastry that has a crunchy outer shell and is filled with ricotta cheese mixed with candied fruits and a touch of cinnamon. I couldn’t resist taking a bit before I got the camera out!
Pasticceria Pansa is located in the Piazza Duomo, just a few steps from the base of the grand staircase leading up to the Duomo of Amalfi. Inside, Pansa is beautifully decorated with wood, mirrors and elegant displays of desserts, chocolates and candies. It is also a full café, and the tables in the piazza are a wondeful spot for watching daily life in Amalfi. Try a sfogliatella when you visit Pasticceria Pansa, or any of their wonderful pastries or desserts!