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Pistoia Box: Antico Forno Berti

In the picturesque scenery of the Pistoia mountains, right where the Lima torrent flows peacefully, we find an oven that has warmed the hearts of the inhabitants of Popiglio for two generations. We are close to the medieval tower and bridge built by Castruccio Castracani, at the exact point that marked the border between Pistoia and Lucca: the two buildings that served as customs houses, with the task of administering the traffic of people and goods from one side of the river to the other, can still be seen today.

Between the perched village of Piteglio and the town of San Marcello Pistoiese, a tourist destination because of its cool summers, is this bakery, which is also a place of aggregation, where everyone knows each other. Lorenzo tells us how he became the owner of the bakery about twenty years ago. With great humility, he has been able to believe in traditional Tuscan products, trying to reinterpret them to his own taste, as well as launching a line of his own invented biscuits. These are the “mattonelline”, an extraordinary square-shaped delight that combines almonds and walnuts in a delicious dough. You would never run out of them, because they are good for so many occasions: as a dessert at the end of a nice dinner or as a snack, perhaps in the midst of nature and the beauty of these mountains, which remind us how good it is to enjoy the moment, provided that they are accompanied by these biscuits that are just too good.