Friday, May 25, 2007

Truth Is Stranger #45: Padre Pio Pastries

OK, cookies, but pastries had all that great consonance going on.

...Creating a cookie for a saint is not as far-fetched as it may seem. For baker Joseph Teresi and his customer Giacomo Piraino, it was a happy convergence of cuisine and faith.

It is significant that they met on St. Joseph's Day, March 19. Piraino dropped into Teresi's bakery, Joseph's Italian Pastry Shop in Deerfield Beach, to pick up a special cream-filled pastry that Teresi produces each year to honor St. Joseph, or San Giuseppe.

Spotting the picture of Padre Pio on the wall of the bakery, Piraino began chatting with Teresi about the saint, who bled from wounds in the same places as Christ.

In no time, they came up with the joint inspiration to create a cookie for Padre Pio....

More at Open Book.


Tim said...

Stigmata cookies wouldn't have been my first thought for a pastry but I'm still tempted to look up an Italian bakery in the Yellow Pages to see if they make them too.

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

Wow, that shouldn't be, but IS quite possibly the grossest thing I've seen all week...except for the mold I found in my 6 year old's school desk today. Ew.