Every year, it is with great anticipation that we order torrone, gianduja and panettone from Sorelle Nurzia, a small confectioner in Italy. These delicious goodies arrive in the shop brightly packaged, beautiful-looking and wonderfully festive – kicking off the holiday season here at the shop!
Located in Bazzano, in the Abruzzo region of Italy, about 80 miles East of Rome, Sorelle Nurzia was founded in 1835 by Gennaro Nurzia. Gennaro was an experienced distiller and decided to expand his expertise into the realm of confectionery. In subsequent years, the business was passed from generation to generation.
A turning point for the company came under the stewardship of Gennaro’s grandson, Ulisse Nurzia. Ulisse expanded the company’s product range, aggressively experimenting with candy recipes. He was responsible for introducing many of the items that Sorelle Nurzia makes today, including their world-renowned torrone. Torrone is a nougat confection, typically made with honey, sugar, egg whites and a combination of nuts or dried fruit. Often consumed as a traditional Christmas dessert in Spain and Italy, nougats have existed in different forms in the Mediterranean region since Roman times. And, up until Ulisse’s day, torrone had been a hard candy. However, after much experimentation, Ulisse revolutionized torrone production with the introduction of soft nougat.
We import Sorelle Nurzia’s tender and flavorsome panettone and a selection of gianduja – Italy’s classic chocolate mixed with hazelnut paste – along with a full range of torrone. Sorelle Nurzia’s bright, beautiful packaging makes each bar of torrone a lovely gift that doesn’t require any wrapping. Most importantly, however, their torrones taste amazing – either by themselves or paired with a glass of Vin Santo or Moscato d’Asti. Soft nougat flavors include: nougat enrobed with chocolate, chocolate and hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios, hazelnuts or almonds with candied orange. We also carry one hard torrone from Sorelle Nurzia – a classic nougat made with almonds. For a taste of Italy this holiday season, be sure to check them out!