Pignolata is a Sicilian
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pastry, and is also common in Calabria
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. It is a soft pastry, covered in chocolate
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flavoured syrup/icing. This pastry is half covered or iced in one flavouring and the other half in the other flavour, which hardens when the pignolata is ready to be served. Each pastry serves several people, and is meant to be cut into small pieces when served. Pignolata can be also small portions of fried pastry, like pearls, in a hot honey sauce, with chopped almonds or hazelnuts. Before serving, they are set on a plate, as a crown, with chopped nuts sprinkled over the top.