A few years ago, Maryann Petta Cook, who had been diagnosed with celiac disease, pulled a fast one on her family. While making the generations-old pizzelle recipe for Easter, she substituted gluten free flour for regular flour. Her five grown kids couldn’t tell the difference! (cue Hallelujah chorus) Bella Lucia cookies were born!
Maryann named her fledgling cookie company Bella Lucia, after her late mother, Lucy, who taught her to make all the old, traditional Italian cookies.
I recently had a chance to try the anise flavored pizzelles and let me tell you, as an Italian who has had her share of good (and bad) pizzelles, these were delicious! There was just enough anise flavoring, and they were crispy and melt-in-your-mouth yummy. These pizzelles were, in a word, Bella! The cookies are 7.00 for a dozen and are shipped in an airtight container to minimize damage and maximize freshness.
Right now, you can find Bella Lucia pizzelles, in anise and vanilla flavors, at etsy.com and a few stores in upstate PA. Maryann is presently working on getting them manufactured so that they can be more widely available. Everyone, whether gluten free or not, should taste these bella cookies!