IL BISCOTTO COMPANY BISCOTTI is a local Sacramento product that is really made well! It is produced in Dolores Marchetti’s half garage bake shop in Sacramento and has been made since 2007. Dolores is a homemaker. After her husband’s passing in 2005, she decided to use a family recipe for making the twice baked cookie, called in Italian a “biscotto.” With biscotti, there are as many recipes as there are families, but Dolores’s is particularly charming and flavorful.
Il Biscotto Company biscotti are made from all purpose flour, cane sugar, her own roasted sliced California almonds, butter, whole fresh eggs, anise seed, and pure Mexican vanilla extract. This particular recipe comes from Lucca, where first generation Sacramentan Dolores’s family hails from. She started business in 2007-- spent most of 2006 getting licensed--and converting half a garage to a bake kitchen. Starting a business at age 70 is no laughing matter! Dolores, with the occasional assistance of a granddaughter, does all the work.
A batter is made with sufficient ingredients to make 4 loaves of dough. These loaves are hand rolled and baked 18 min. They are then cooled, cut and baked a second time (bis-cotto). Each bag of biscotti contains 13 cookies and the two ends of the loaf. The bags weigh more than 8 oz. and sell for $8.99. They can also come in a simple cardboard box, holding 2 lbs of cookies--48 cookies and 8 ends for $32.99. This is the size to purchase if you are having a party or want to repackage the biscotti yourself. The biscotti will keep two months, but why keep them that long? When you taste them, it will be hard to keep your hands off them.