minni di Sant'Agata

/MEEN-nee dee sahnt-AH-ghah-tah/

"Saint Agatha's breasts." This refers to almond biscuits (US: cookies) and breads shaped like breasts and with a cherry on top and stuffed with zuccata, available on the feast of the unfortunate Saint Agatha, on 5th February each year. Saint Agatha suffered the fate of having her breast cut off, and is frequently pictured holding her breast on a platter. In fact she was rescued from this martyrdom by Saint Peter, but only survived to be roasted alive over coals.