A very exclusive candy from Pariani that we special ordered from Italy, this is a unique collaboration between two companies passionate about quality. Many of our clients know Pariani as the producer of some of the best nuts and nut oils in all of Italy. Though a newer company, founded in 2010, their motto of "Research and Excellence" can be seen and tasted in their food and sets them apart as the premier source for some of the most nutritionally dense and flavorful nuts in the world. While focusing on nuts, they make various products, often supplying chefs and bakers with ingredients in bulk. In this instance, they are directly collaborating with one of Italy's great traditional chocolatiers, D. Barbero. The start of Barbero began in 1838 in the commune of Mombercelli, which is located in the famous province of Asti in Piedmont, where Filippo Barbero was a baker at the church of Mombercelli d'Asti. The job at the local church also required the making of various sweets like nougats. His son, Melchiorre, who watched his father make bread, cakes, and other sweets from a young age, fell in love with the process, and in 1883 obtained his license to make nougat and noasetti (hazelnuts covered in sugar). Within a few short years, Melchiorre began winning medals for his confections, but it would be his son Davide that would take the company to the next level marrying the daughter of famous Italian Cyclist Giovanni Gerbi, relocating to the Gerbi bicycle factory in 1953 where they still operate to this day. The Barbero family still owns and operates the company, with Davide's son and nephew taking the lead. The company still specializes in Nougats and Torrone but makes a few other sweet treats as well, like the one we are offering today. Pariani supplied the ingredients for the Pistacchiotto, and Barbero used their magic to make them. They are like the Italian Pralines we have offered from Pariani before but with a few twists. Technically, this is a Gianduiotto, a traditional candy originating from Turin, Piedmont, shaped like upside-down boats. Gianduiotto's are classically made with Hazelnuts and chocolate. In this case, Praiani's Bronte Pistachio paste from Sicily is used instead, creating a beautiful candy that connects northern Italy to the south. The Pistacchiotto are delightful and have a balanced sweetness that amplifies the beautiful pistachios', taking center stage and showing a remarkable depth of flavor and richness that slowly melts into the robust chocolate flavors in silky fashion. This is a luxury confection, and every aspect of this is held to the highest standard. The Pistacchiotto are rare, and right now, we have the only boxes available in the USA, perfect for the holidays or to treat yourself; these offer a sweet experience unlike anything else.