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Blue is for Dagnino

It is true that I like gifts, but more importantly I like gift boxes, tissue paper and wrapping paper. I am happy to say that my 2nd favorite color appears as the Lanvin Forget-me-not blue. I enjoy the harmony between the brown ribbon and the orange Hermes box, and have been known to collect pastry shop wrapping paper from all over Italy and France– not to simply savor the fleeting memory of an exemplary eclair or classic cassatina, but because I just like the way the matte paper and vintage designs look and feel.

In my classifica of packaging, lately I feel the very best these days comes from Dagnino, a small Palermitano pasticceria in Galleria Esedra. (No, there is no Dagnino in Palermo, I looked). The pastries are divine, the wine selection is Sicilian-centric, the gelato is al brioche and the tavola calda serves Palermo’s favorites like anelli al forno. What adds more to my enthusiasm than the powdered sugar on a fried iris is a token gift wrapped in Dagnino blue or brown matte paper from the small, two-level store attached to the caffe. And right now is the best time to visit.

Why? Because aside from the candy-colored ceramic and porcelain kitchenware, the designy glassware and being home to Rome’s largest (and possibly only) selection of Marriage Frères tea, they are having a very wonderful sale. However, my new, square butter dish was not part of it.

Pasticceria Dagnino
Galleria Esedra
Via V. Emanuele Orlando, 75
06 4818660


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