Massimo’s Tigella From Squisito Bar – The Crescentina Or Tigella Of Modena?

Massimo's Tigella.

Massimo’s Tigella which we bought at the fare in 2012.
Parma and Rocket (shown here).

Vanessa worked in the Cupcake Family (click here to see cupcakes and macarons) in QV Centre while we were living in Melbourne. Come evenings (on those days that she worked part-time), I would take a walk from Franklin Street to Red Cape Lane and consider that as part of my exercise regime. On this particular day, there was a small food fair going on with few stalls in the open-air grass patch just outside Max Brenner at QV Square.

After work, Vanessa and I hopped over to visit some of her colleagues who were manning the Cupcake’s stall. I have told you countless times about my roving eyes so it was not difficult to catch my fleeting attention… This animated Italian man with his cute buns named Massimo, I mean literally! Small breads are also known as buns, no? Anyway, he sold us 3 tigelle and gave us a brief rundown on his erm, the buns 😉

Vanessa and I in one of our walks at St. Kilda's.

Vanessa and I in one of our walks at St. Kilda’s.

Photo credit:  Image found on Google, probably from Youtube (watch the video below).

Photo credit: Picutre found on Google Image, probably from Youtube (watch the video below).

Tigella is actually a stone disc molded from a high heat-resistant clay stone. It usually has an incision, a 6-pointed star like these shown in photos but for the noble families, the incisions would be their family crests. La Crescentina, street food of Italy, is a small round bread made of elementary ingredients like flour, water, milk, eggs, salt and yeast. These ingredients are mixed together to form a dough and let to prove. The risen dough is then cut into the form of small discs with a diameter no bigger than 3 inches (about 8cm).

Tigelle (plural of tigella) are placed on the embers in the fireplace and when they became hot, a chestnut leaf is wrapped around a Crescentina, the prepared dough is then placed between the two Tigelle. Subsequent ones are made and placed upon the previous ones, making a stack of Tigelle or Crescentine (plural of crescentina). The chestnut leaves are used to give the Crescentine flavour as well as to keep them moist. In modern times, grill presses are used to cook Crescentina. Today, Crescentina is referred to as Tigella, named after the instrument that was once used to cook them.

The most common way to serve Tigelle is to cut it open in half and stuff it with various types of cured meats and cheeses. While older folks prefer the traditional way of eating Tigelle, that is to spread lard (the lard is usually flavoured with pancetta, garlic and rosemary) and a generous sprinkling of Parmigiano Reggiano between the two hot slices, youngsters love the sweet fillings of Nutella and cheese.

The Crescentina for many years was bread for the poor people of the Modena Apennines and is now a culinary tradition for the entire population of Modena.

Tigellas are available at Squisito Bar.<br />Awesomeness!<br />I am longing for it.

Tigellas are available at Squisito Bar.
I am longing for it.

If you have never tasted Tigella before, you might like to give it a go, with your favourite fillings of course 😉

Does anyone knows where to eat Tigelle in Singapore? I wonder if Basilico or Dolcetto (click here to see Basilico – Culinary Drama and click here to see their bakery Dolcetto by Basilico) serves them.

Besides Tigellas, Squisito Bar serves tasty home-style fares like Farfalle with Pancetta, Polenta and Pork Sausages, Smoked Salmon Salad with Tasty Rice, and Gnocchi al Pesto. The pastas are made on premise. The coffee is also very good. Have you been there?

Squisito Bar
Address: Level 2, Shop 24/31 Artemis Ln,
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.

Tel:+61 3 9654 1544.

Operating hours: 7:00am – 3:30pm (Daily – but take note that they stop serving lunch around 2pm).

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6 Responses to “Massimo’s Tigella From Squisito Bar – The Crescentina Or Tigella Of Modena?”
  1. Laura Lynn says:

    I’ve never heard of them, but they are very pretty. They look like english muffins!

  2. You’re post made me want to hunt for the authentic recipe….

  3. daniellajoe says:

    very delicious looking!! i am always hungry after visiting with you lol

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