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Alternative namesRosetta
Place of originItaly
Region or stateLombardy

Michetta [miˈketta] (also known as rosetta [roˈzetta] "small rose") is an Italian white bread, recognizable from its bulged shape.

Other similarly prepared types of Italian breads include the maggiolino [maddʒoˈliːno] ("cockchafer") and tartaruga [tartaˈruːɡa] ("turtle").


Michetta originated in Lombardy, northern Italy, during the Austrian rule. Functionaries of the Austrian empire introduced a number of food products, including the Kaisersemmel, a type of bread with segments resembling a small rose.

However, due to the higher humidity, the michetta produced in Milan were less fragrant and became harder in a single day.[citation needed] To solve the problem, Lombard bakers removed the internal crumb[clarification needed] and obtained a softer version of the original, which also helped it last longer. The new type of bread was called michetta, from the Lombard version of Kaisersemmel, micca,[1] a term originally meaning "crumb."


  1. ^ Cherubini, Francesco (1840). Vocabolario milanese italiano. III.

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