Lo Sfratto dei Goym

A spicy filling of honey and walnuts wrapped in an elongated shell of crumbly dough. To describe its appearance and composition, the eviction of the Goym is this. To investigate its origins, you have to work a little more. Starting from the name, which recalls an episode of the complex and often dramatic history of the Jews in the area of Pitigliano. We are in that part of Maremma not too far from Lazio and those areas that at the end of the sixteenth century, pushed by the papal bulls of 1555 and 1569 and the measures of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany between 1570 and 1571, had accepted the migrations of the Jews driven out of Central Italy. In this climate of mutual trust and exchange, the community had strengthened and grown. Evidence of the importance of the community will also be the building in 1598 of the synagogue of Pitigliano. In the meantime, however, the political balance was changing and, with the downsizing of the power of the Orsini, the fate of the Jews seemed marked. An apparent blow to the illusion of quiet and profitable coexistence would arrive in 1622, with the establishment in Pitigliano of a ghetto in which all the Jewish inhabitants in the town and in those neighboring. And this also leads to the birth of the eviction of the Goym, or at least to its denomination. According to a legend universally shared, the messengers of the Grand Duke have in fact notified the Jews the obligation to leave their homes to close in a ghetto by beating at their doors with a stick.  And it is at this moment that the spirit of the Jewish people enters the scene that manages to transform even the blackest tragedy into something beautiful. That frightening event becomes a delicious dessert made of honey, walnuts and orange peel enclosed in a shell of crispy and crumbly pasta, slow food presidium that not only caresses the palate, but transports those who taste it in distant times, to know a culture so different from ours.


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