© M. Zangara
Casoncelli are the symbol of Bergamo's cuisine. These simply stuffed pasta pockets were traditionally part of the peasants' table in the area, as they were made with leftover pork and beef.
The 'casonsei', as they are called in the local dialect, are usually filled with sausage and leftover beef, breadcrumbs, parsley, eggs and garlic, sometimes adding cheese, sultanas, spinach, garlic and even amaretto biscuits. They are served with a butter and sage sauce with sauteed Italian speck (pancetta).
They are usually shaped like a half moon or a square and you will find them in every restaurant in Bergamo.