Amaretti di Saronno

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Place of originItaly
Region or stateSaronno (province of Varese), Lombardy
Main ingredientsApricot kernels, sugar, egg whites

Amaretti di Saronno (Italian: ) are a type of amaretto, a bitter-sweet flavored macaroon, traditional to the Italian comune (municipality) of Saronno. It is one of many types of traditional amaretti, but the only one made with apricot kernels (the others are usually made with almonds).

The amaretti di Saronno are widely available commercially, most notably through the brand Lazzaroni. Amaretti di Saronno are unrelated to Amaretto liqueur, which is produced by two other companies based in Saronno: ILLVA and PLF.


A legend claims that in the early 18th century, a Milanese bishop or cardinal surprised the town of Saronno with a visit. A young couple, residents of the town, welcomed him and paid tribute with an original confection: on the spur of the moment, they had baked biscuits made of sugar, egg whites, and crushed apricot kernels. These so pleased the visiting bishop that he blessed the two with a happy and lifelong marriage, resulting in the preservation of the secret recipe over many generations.

See also


  1. ^ Gabriele Corcos (March 9, 2012). "The Legend of Amaretti Di Saronno". Archived from the original on 2018-03-24. Retrieved 2018-03-23.