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name this Italian pastry

Ruth Lafler | | Jun 7, 2007 05:54 PM

Recently in Rome I fell in love with a little Italian pastry (which since I generally don't have a very high opinion of Italian pastry, was a pleasant surprise). I never managed to write down the name, although I remember it started with "ar" -- it's a roughly triangular piece of puff pastry small enough to fit in the palm or your hand and filled with cream, sometimes flavored (and in one instance, Nutella). In this photo, it's the pastry at 3 o'clock (or maybe more like 2:30): The pastry is assembled so that the layers fan out into little ruffles across the top.

Although they seemed to be a standard item in pasticcheria in Rome, I never saw one in Venice (where the pastries seem to be much more influenced by Austrian pastry).