Sixty years ago, in the heart of Tuscany, a man named Leonardo led his life according to three inviolable principles: offering traditional recipes, using only genuine raw materials, and following his personal insights to create exceptional products in his store. These values made his bakery famous throughout the region, attracting people from all corners of Tuscany in search not only of bread but also the sweets he sold there, including his famous chocolate cantucci.
Leonardo, dedicated to experimentation, was never satisfied, and one day, by mistake, he created a unique recipe that allowed him to achieve a flavor and aroma he had never tasted before. And thus was born the secret ingredient that made Leonardo’s cantucci in Florence unique, soft and fragrant.
Sixty years later, in the old 1900 workshop in the Sant’Ambrogio district, Leonardo’s son Marco continues his father’s culinary art, producing traditional and new specialty cookies, from chocolate cantucci with orange peel to Brutti ma Buoni with pistachio, from traditional Mantovana to cookies with figs. Even today, at 90 years old, Leonardo is still present in Marco’s life, teaching him the secrets of the trade and sharing valuable tips and recipes.
In Marco’s open workshop, traditional methods and quality ingredients are used, lovingly producing each product by hand. The aroma of freshly baked bread, Tuscan schiacciata, fragrant cantucci and filled brioche permeates the streets of the historic center, drawing you powerfully to Marco’s workshop.
But today that bakery in the heart of Florence is so much more. The products have the stamp of Italian authenticity. The cantucci are soft with an enveloping flavor. Take a bite and enjoy the explosion of chocolate. Same goes for panettone or the traditional Easter dove. Soft to the touch and with an intense flavor, the temptation is too great for your sweet tooth.
This is one of the products that, born in Florence, are now expanding throughout the world. Ordering Leonardo’s cakes from the United States, for example, is extremely easy. Just go to the site, choose products from the catalog, complete the shopping cart and enter your home address. If you order it from New York, within hours the package will be with you, ready to be unwrapped.
And from your Manhattan home, savoring a chocolate cantuccio will transport you back to sunny Italy. This is the power of made-in-Italy products: to be recognizable everywhere, even thousands of miles away.
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