It look like Pope Benedict XVI has a sweet kosher tooth, there is nothing like kosher cake to feed it. As it turns out, a famous kosher bakery in Rome’s ancient Jewish ghetto it is one of his favorite places to visit when it’s time for desert.
There are only few people in Rome that are not familiar with the famous Boccione bakery in Rome’s ancient ghetto, the bakery was established in 1555. Alongside a prominent local synagogue and Jewish schools, renowned for making traditional treats by hand for many years.
“One of the pope’s doctors stopped by the bakery en route to administering a routine checkup of the pontiff and introduced the Kosher pastries the Pope,” recalled bakery owner Wilma Limentani.
“I guess he enjoyed the biscotti and ‘Jewish pizza’ (an almond-and-raisin confection),” noted Limenati who was recently surprised when he got a thank-you letter from the Vatican.
Those close to the pope recount that he loves deserts, and was particularly enamored with the almond and raisin confection desert, tinged with cinnamon and pine nuts, which Limenati affectionately called it “Jewish pizza”
“I think that the pope looks forward to the doctor’s visits ever since,” said Limenati, who informed the pontiff that the bakery adheres strictly to all of the laws of kashrut.
“We would never, ever use lard. All of our pastries are strictly kosher ,” she said as a long line of customers snakes its way into her store, hoping that the supply of “Jewish pizza” does not run out.
Ever since the papal endorsement, business has picked up at Bocciones Bakery with a lot of curious customers lining up to see just how good “Jewish pizza” really is.