Piedmontese Torrone (Where To Find) [MSP]
Christmas 2009. My Grandmother. 90 years old. Italian. Loves traditional torrone from Piedmont (the soft kind with the hazelnuts, not pistachios). Usually order it from Williams-Sonoma. On their website a week ago. Now gone. Called. Goner.
So my question: Has anyone seen traditional (soft, hazelnut) boxes of torrone in the cities? I know Surdyk's doesn't have it and I'll try Delmonico's next week.
For the person who finds it; a mention in the accompanying card.
Here is what it looked like before it disappeared: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...
I've seen Italian sweets in a number of locations but have not looked specifically for the torrone. In addition to Delmonicos, these usual suspects are worth a call:
981 Sibley Memorial Highway
Lilydale, MN 55118
Fax: (651) 905-1082
Broders' Cucina Italiana
2308 West 50th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410-2202
Cossetta's Italian Market
211 7th Street West
St Paul, MN 55102-2520
This post from last March tells me there is torrone at Cossetta's, but doesn't say whether it's the type you seek:
Last resort, this site sells soft hazelnut torrone. That particular product comes in a block rather than in individually wrapped pieces:
totally guessing here, and i think KT's suggestions are better, but morelli's (sp?) market near yrusso's on payne ave in st paul may also have this 'round the holiday time.
As of a few weeks ago, Cossetta's definitely had the soft Torrone with hazelnuts - I know because I bought a log and ATE IT ALL that day. It was a long log, but wasn't boxed, if I recall correctly (I remember squeezing each type of torrone to be sure that I was getting the soft kind.) They have several flavors - pistachio, hazelnut, vanilla, chocolate-covered, etc. I got the "plain" with hazelnuts (like your grandmother, it's my favorite, too), and it was wonderful. You need to go to Cossetta's!
Me, I'm going back for more this week, so please don't buy it all. :-) Actually, if it's for your grandmother, please DO buy it all if it will make her happy. And tell her Buon Natale from me!
Oh, no!!!! I have lied to your grandmother! My memory was faulty - the soft plain torrone is almond, not hazelnut. There is a hazelnut version, but it's chocolate-covered. And there's a non-chocolate hazelnut version, in mini portions, but my surreptitious squeeze led me to believe that they weren't particularly soft.
The almond torrone is fabulous, even though almonds aren't hazelnuts. But give Cossetta's a call and see if there's a hazelnut version somewhere - they seem to have at least 15 versions of torrone.
Sadly, indeed. We went Monday night and found every iteration except the one we needed (hard hazelnut, soft pistachio, soft almond, soft hazelnut with chocolate etc).
The staff sorta shrugged when we told them what we were looking for.
On the bright side I was able to pickup some panforte and lazzaroni amoretti cookies...the search continues.
Broder's! A limited selection, but they had EXACTLY when I needed. Thanks to everyone for their help and Happy Holidays!