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Place of originItaly
Region or stateLunigiana
Main ingredientsLeavened bread dough

Sgabeo is a food typical of Lunigiana,[1][2][3] an Italian historical region now divided between Liguria and Tuscany. This is leavened bread dough, cut into strips, fried and salted on the surface that is traditionally eaten plain or stuffed with cheese or cold cuts. Lately, however, it is not uncommon that the sgabeo is also proposed as a sweet, filled with pastry cream or chocolate.


The recipe for sgabei originates in the Val di Magra, in the extreme east of Liguria, where women used to fry the dough left over from the production of bread in lard to create a sort of fried bread to accompany meats and cheeses.[4] The bread dough was enriched with yellow flour which made it more crunchy and dry. Sgabei were prepared for the men who went to work in the fields and ate them at lunchtime.

Today they are offered above all on the occasion of village festivals or as an appetizer or second course in restaurants and kitchens in La Spezia and Lunigiana. The current shape is in strips of leavened dough with a width of about 3-4 cm and a length varying from 15 to 30 cm. Frying takes place in olive oil until the stool becomes warm and golden.

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  1. ^ "I prodotti della farina: Pani, Focacce e Torte Salate". Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Ricetta Tipica del Territorio: Sgabei (o Panzanelle), la Lunigiana a Tavola". Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  3. ^ O'Loughlin, Marina (7 April 2009). "Praise yes, worship no at Bocca di Lupo". Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Sgabei toscani | Piatto tipico toscano | Prodotti Tipici Toscani". PTT Ricette. Retrieved 2022-06-13.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Sgabeo at Wikimedia Commons